Welcome to the Wagner Society of New York

To view information about the Society (the largest in this continent, established in 1977), upcoming events, membership, excerpts from our bimonthly publication Wagner Notes, our extensive catalogue of Wagner-related books (with member discounts), and links to many other Wagner organizations and institutions, please click on the buttons. An online membership form is also available. 
     If you are a non member, join now to receive many Society benefits, including the bimonthly publication Wagner Notes, free admission to regular programs, discounted fees for special programs, group sales, and the opportunity to apply for Bayreuth Festival tickets. Click here for 2015 Bayreuth Ticket Procedures, both for the Bayreuth Festival and for WSNY. Wagner societies do not (since 2012) receive any ticket allocations from the Kartenbüro, but we receive a small number of tickets from the Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth (due to our membership and contributions) and tickets from members who cannot use tickets for which they are invoiced.  We invite you to send written requests NOW; send by email to 
wagnerring@aol.com  with full contact information and details of date preferences and prices. We also have an offer for members for tickets for the Budapest Ring (June 2015). For information on all Society matters, please email wagnerring@aol.com

MEMBERSHIP: Join WSNY now: be au courant! Membership year: Sept. 2014–Aug. 2015. If you are now a member but haven't renewed for the current season, your membership has expired.  Please renew asap (before Feb., when the next issue of Wagner Notes will be mailed). We'll be glad to check our records if you're not sure. Only current members  may apply for our group sale of the 2016 Washington National Opera Ring (before it goes on sale to the public).Click here or go to the membership button. Thank you for your support.

Upcoming events:
March 13 (Fri.), 7:30 p.m. Martin Kirschen
, author of the Ring of the Nibelung Family Tree:  “Story Map of the Land of the Ring.” Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street (3rd floor), New York. Members and students: Free  Non-members; $10.00. No reservations; social hour and cash bar after program. Part One: Quiz — The Ring of Fortune, covering various categories. Audience is invited to ask questions; everyone gets a prize. Part Two: Story Map Talk. Maps are designed by Kirschen, with sources from the Ring itself, its characters and their journeys; using excerpts from the Solti Ring and Arthur Rackham's illustrations. Further bio and info on Events page.
April 8 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. Peter Bassett
, Australian author and lecturer: "Wagner's Die Meistersinger and Lortzing's Hans Sachs." At the Liederkranz, 6 East 87th Street (2nd floor), New York. Members and students: Free  Non-members; $10.00. No reservations; social hour and cash bar after program. The link between Die Meistersinger and dramatic works about Hans Sachs is often overlooked; it was a popular topic when Wagner was developing his opera. Further bio and info on Events page.
Stay tuned for an announcement of a very special event for our special contributors (patron level and up) in April.

May 10 (Sun.), 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.  Prof. Heath Lees: "Exploring the Ring"
with piano illustrations and A/V. Featuring his 4-DVD set "Wagner's Ring: A Tale Told in Music." And a Wagner birthday celebration.

Wagner in the U.S. and Canada: 2014-2015

here for a comprehensive list of performances (and performers, if known) of Wagner operas on these shores. The list will be updated as new information is received. You don't have to go abroad to hear and see great performances.

New YouTube has been added:
Check out these new YouTubes on WSNY's YouTube Channel, from recent events. Click here or go to YouTube with the button at left
· Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master of the Metropolitan Opera: "The Opera Chorus - From Score to Stage" at  Die Meistersinger Seminar, December 7, 2014; 
· Met Cast Roundtable at Die Meistersinger Seminar, Dec. 7, 2014. Participants.: James Morris (Hans Sachs), Annette Dasch (Eva), and Johan Botha (Walther von Stolzing); 
Robert J. Sweeney, moderator.
· Conversation between PeterConrad, author and cultural critic, and Fred Cohn, writer and reviewer on operatopics: "The Greatest of the Monsters?". Wagner Society of New York program, January 28, 2015.

Bayreuth Tickets
Wagner Societies received no allocations in 2012, 2013, or 2014, per a decision of the German federal government. We have not yet received any updates for 2015. However, we will be able to obtain some tickets and can fill requests. For 2015 Bayreuth Ticket Procedures: Kartenbüro and WSNY, click here.
For background: click  here
for a summary in the June 2012 issue of Wagner Notes. Go to the Special Topics page for an extended article  in the February 2012 issue of Wagner Notes.

Wagner Society of New York

P.O. Box 230949, Ansonia Station

New York, NY 10023-0949 
Phone: (212) 749-4561; Fax: (212) 749-1542 


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