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Wagner community mourns the tragic loss of contralto Maria Radner and and
bass-baritone Oleg Bryjak and all 150 passengers in the crash of Germanwings
Airbus A320. Ms. Radner and Mr. Bryjak were returning to Düsseldorf from
Barcelona, where they had performed in Siegfried (Erda and
Alberich, respectively) at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Ms. Radner was a rising
Wagnerian star. She had sung one of the Norns in the Met Götterdämmerung
in 2012 and was scheduled to make her Bayreuth debut in 2015 in Das
Rheingold and Götterdämmerung. She was traveling with her husband
and baby. Mr. Bryjak had been a member of the ensemble at Deutsche Oper am
Rhein since 1996. He had sung Alberich in Bayreuth recently.
MEMBERSHIP: Join WSNY now: be au courant! Membership year: Sept. 2014–Aug. 2015. If you have been a member but haven't renewed for the current season, please re-up asap. Click here or go to the membership button.We'll be glad to check our records if you're not sure. If you're just joining, your membership will be extended through Aug. 2016.
May 10 (Sun.), 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. Prof. Heath Lees: "Exploring the Ring" with piano and A/V illustrations. An internationally renowned Wagner specialist and lecturer. Followed by a Wagner birthday celebration, with birthday cake. Prof. Lees' 4-DVD set "Wagner's Ring: A Tale Told in Music" will be available for purchase at a discount at the event. At the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater at the Y, 10 W. 64th St. For details & reservation form, click here, or use our convenient and secure online form.
Note also: Tannnhäuser: Apotheosis Opera production of an English language production of Tannhäuser, which will feature emerging artists and conservatory students, July 31 and Aug. 2, at Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 105th St., New York. Apotheosis Opera seeks to revitalize opera in New York by connecting new performers with new audiencemembers. Check out their website: tannhauser2015.org
Wagner in the U.S. and Canada: 2014-2015
Click 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.
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.
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.
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York, NY 10023-0949
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