Welcome to the Wagner Society of New York

To view information about the Society (celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2012 and the largest in this continent), 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. A secure online form is available for membership and some events.
     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 Bayreuth Ticket Policies - 2014). Although Wagner societies did not receive any ticket allocations in 2014 from the Kartenbüro, we received 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 encourage you to send written requests NOW; send by email to
wagnerring@aol.com  with full contact information and details of date preferences and prices. The WSNY's Bayreuth English language lecture series will not  be presented in 2014, as the wide spread of ticket dates makes it unfeasible. For information on all Society matters, please email  wagnerring@aol.com


MEMBERSHIP: Join WSNY now: be au courant with the world of Wagner! Membership year: Sept. 2013–Aug. 2014. (If you haven't renewed for the current season, please do so right now; you haven't really missed anything and you will receive back issues of our greatly-appreciated Wagner Notes, which keeps  you informed.) Another WSNY bonus: new memberships will be valid through Aug. 2015!

Eugene Brister, August 3, 1940–April 23, 2014. An online obituary appears at this link: http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000170794273X   Many of you knew the multi-talented  Eugene Brister, who served the Wagner Society of New York in many capacities for nearly 20 years. He was the Chairman of our Singers Committee for ten years, administering our awards and grants programs and producing many Holiday Musicales featuring singers of special promise in the Wagner repertoire. He also produced stunning visuals and PowerPoints, drawing on his remarkable knowledge and technical expertise, for special Society programs: Bayreuth productions, Waltraud Meier, Nina Stemme, Mark Delavan, Plácido Domingo, James King, Otto Schenk, Patrice Chéreau, Jonas Kaufmann, and Sir Georg Solti.  We invite you to contribute to a fund in his honor, the Eugene Brister Memorial Fund, which will be partially designated for one outstanding promising singer and will also provide needed assistance to future Wagner singers, which we know he would appreciate. You may contribute online by clicking here, or you may contribute with a check made payable to Wagner Society of New York, designated for the Eugene Brister Memorial Fund. The Society address is P.O.Box 230949, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023-0949.

Upcoming events:
Sept 17 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m. Summer Festivals, highlighting the Budapest Ring. Your suggestions are welcome for this annual kick-off event. Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street.
Oct. 19 (Sun.), 3:00 p.m. Tribute to Maestro Lorin Maazel
(1930-2014). Liederkranz Foundation, 6 East 87th Street. Nov. To be announced.
Dec. 7 (Sun.). Annual Seminar: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.
 Distinguished speakers and roundtable of principal cast members.

Details of programs will be announced soon.

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:

Simon O'Neill, internationally-renowned heldentenor, presented an exciting program for the Society on March 19. He discussed his career development, technical aspects of singing, and performed several excerpts from his roles. The entire program is available on You Tube. Click here or go to YouTube with the button at left

Bayreuth Tickets
Wagner Societies received no allocations in 2012, 2013, or 2014: a decision of the German federal government. However, we have obtained some tickets and are able to fill requests.  For WSNY 2014 Bayreuth Ticket Policies: 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 

E-mail Links: Wagner Society or WSNY Webmeister

Press inquiries: 212 749-4561

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