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Günther Schneider-Siemssen, the “magician of light,”was born on June 7, 1926 in Augsburg, Germany, and died at age 89 on June
2, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. His death has set off a chain reaction of grief and
sympathy in cultural media as well as in major opera houses and theaters
His son Philipp writes: “Bathed in light, your world became a stage – and the stage became your world.”
“Neither my family and I nor long time companions have ever been able to understand how one human being managed to bring more than 500 extremely challenging productions to stages all over the world, not to mention his light shows, directorial work, film sets, more than 300 designs in the form of full-fledged works of art and exhibits, his 25-year teaching activities at the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts in Salzburg, or his countless lectures worldwide. He never employed an agent; he always dealt with his artistic production matters himself.
He leaves behind a legacy of the ‘stage as cosmic space’ as a symbol of the energy that every human being possesses by nature. Thus, the set became a timeless space of existence; inexhaustible fantasy and creativity were the means to this end.“
Book of condolences: Link
MEMBERSHIP: Join or renew now, to be one step ahead. Membership year: Sept. 2015–Aug. 2016. Click here or go to the membership button..
Oct. 25 (Sun.), noon - 5:00 p.m. Seminar on Tannhäuser, with scholars and Met Cast Roundtable. Click here for a convenient secure online flyer and reservation form or click here to download the flyer and reservation form. Speakers will include Prof. D. von Mücke, Dr. M. Burleigh-Motley, Met cast: E. Westbroek, M. De Young, P. Mattei, F. van Aken. Plus members of the Met creative team and a tribute to Günther Schneider-Siemssen. Check this site for additional info.
Dec. 8 (Tu.), 7:30 p.m. Prof. Walter Frisch: "After Tristan." The first 150 years, plus a look at the 2015 Bayreuth production. Liederkranz Foundation, 6 E. 87th St. Free for members.
Watch this space for additional upcoming events!
Please note the following events which feature Wagner:
Oct. 4 (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. The Blanc & Noir Group: Wagner: “Wesendonck Lieder” and Mahler: “Rückert Lieder”: Anastasyia Roytman, soprano; “Liebestod” (arr. Tausig.); and Alexey Shor works for clarinet; Abdiel Vazquez, piano: Julian Milkis, clarinet). Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. WSNY discount available by advance notice. Email WSNY, if interested. See the link below for the event listing: http://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2015/10/4/0730/PM/Anastasiya-Roytman-Soprano-Julian-Milkis-Clarinet-Abdiel-Vazquez-Piano/
Oct. 8 (Th.), 8:00 p.m. Opera Dolce & The Fourth Estate Orchestra: “Oceans Apart: Wagner and Gomes United in Music.” Good-Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, 152 W. 66th St., NYC. Tickets: Brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006.
Wagner in the U.S. and Canada: 2015-2016
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.
Note: New review in Wagner Notes (August issue): The intriguing Dessau Ring (Bauhaus style) with photos: click here.
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