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

The 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.

Upcoming events:
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
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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