Welcome to the Wagner Society of New York
1977-2017! Forty years and counting! We will
announce celebrations for this anniversary year during the season.
Johan Botha: We mourn the untimely death of Johan Botha, a great Wagnerian tenor who was born in South Africa and died in Vienna on Sept. 8, 2016 at age 51. An indefatigable master of difficult tenor roles, he sang in many major houses, including in Bayreuth as Siegmund in 2010 and 2013-2015. His last stage performance was as Siegmund in the 4-day Budapest Ring in June. The Wagner Society of New York recalls his splendid performances as Walther in Die Meistersinger in 2014 and his friendly participation in the Met Cast Roundtable at its Meistersinger Seminar on Dec. 7, 2014, memorialized in the WSNY YouTube of this event. He will be sorely missed.
Metropolitan Opera next season: Tristan und Isolde opens the season. Dates: Sept. 26, 30, Oct. 3, 8m, 13, 17, 24, 27, 2016. Live in HD: Sat., Oct. 8. And a second Wagner opera next season. Der fliegende Holländer: Apr 25, 29m, May 4, 8, 12
Bayreuth rebroadcasts can be found here: http://www.operacast.com/bayreuth_2016.htm Many performances are rebroadcast for a period of time after the festival dates.
MEMBERSHIP: Join or renew now and obtain many member benefits, including opportunities for group sales. Membership year: Sept. 2016–Aug. 2017. Click here or go to the membership button.
Launching the 2016-17 season: (You may join or renew now; see the secure online form on the website. Membership year: Sept.-Aug.)
• Sept. 23 (Fri.), 7:30pm: Summer festivals (WNO Ring, Budapest, Bayreuth), by members who were there, with slides and commentary. Video clips of new Bayreuth Parsifal production. No charge for members and students. Non-members: $10.00. Click here for flyer.
• Oct. 9 (Sun.): Seminar on Tristan: scholars and experts (including Jeffrey Swann, Hans Vaget, Donald Rosenthal) and the Met Cast Roundtable. At St. Joseph's School, 420 E, 87th St., NYC. Click here for flyer with reservation form, or click here for secure online reservation form. Sept. 23 and Oct. 9 forms and details are alsoin the mail. Seminar speakers will include Prof. Hans Vaget, Jeffrey Swann, and Donald Rosenthal (art historian); Met Cast Roundtable, to date: Nina Stemme, Stuart Skelton, and Ekaterina Gubanova. Current members receive a discount: please join or renew right away.
• Nov. 9 (Wed.): Cesare Civetta:"Toscanini and Wagner"; with visuals and audio. At the Liederkranz.
New WSNY YouTubes are now available:
• Interview with Waltraud Meier from WSNY's May 5, 2016 tribute.
Wagner in the U.S. and Canada: 2016-2017
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.
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York, NY 10023-0949
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