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Mrs.Verena Kossodo, beloved charter member, Bayreuth Coordinator and Singers Committee member for many years, passed away on April 3, 2016. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to: The WSNY Singers Fund (please make checks payable to Wagner Society of New York, P.O. Box 230949, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023-0949) or to: The Swiss Benevolent Society of New York: www.sbsny.org
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 Online Sales:
Internet sale for the 2016 Festival began Jan. 31. Go to http://ticket.btfs.de. Also, see the link to WSNY Bayreuth policies in top paragraph.
Just announced: Bayreuth Lecture Series by John J. H. Muller, Aug. 20-26, 2016. Please click here for full information.
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• Tristan Seminar: Sunday, Oct. 9.
Next Season's events will be announced soon
Also of interest:
Waltraud Meier was guest of honor at a tribute presented by the Wagner Society of New York on May 5. It included an interview conducted by F. Paul Driscoll, editor in chief of Opera News, tributes from Ms. Brita Wagener (Consul General of the German Consulate in NY), Ms. Christine Moser (Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in NY), and Maestro Adam Fischer (Music Director of Wagner in Budapest), and a message from Maestro Daniel Barenboim, as follows:
Waltraud Meier is one of the few artists who have been able to establish such a close association with specific roles that we in turn identify these roles primarily with said artist. This is especially true for Waltraud’s Kundry in Parsifal, a role she first sang as a 26 year-old and has just now said her farewells to in performances in Berlin. Waltraud Meier’s art can be characterized by her unique engagement with text and music, as she does not only explore the sense of the text and the sound of the music but is able to align each syllable with its corresponding note in order to create an extraordinary fusion of text and sound.
concluded with the presentation of the Society's Anton Seidl Award to Ms.
Meier, as follows:
Waltraud Meier exploded into international consciousness with a triumphant debut in Bayreuth as Kundry in 1983. Since then she has graced every major opera house, astounding audiences with her powerful voice and her blazing theatrical charisma.Wagnerians hold a special place in their hearts for her definitive Fricka, Ortrud, Venus, Waltraute, and Kundry. She became the reigning Isolde of our era, encompassing and articulating every nuance of this role of roles and setting standards of vocal finesse, psychological insight, and electrifying intensity that will never be surpassed. And her Sieglinde offers wondrous passion and beauty. New York audiences were thrilled by her Santuzza, Carmen, Marie, and Leonore; and we celebrate her Klytemnestra that is already the stuff of legend. Her international accomplishments extend even further: Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Verdi, plus luminous work in concert and song. Her legacy will endure and her voice will forever ring in our hearts. The Wagner Society of New York presents this award with gratitude and admiration.
New WSNY YouTubes are now available:
• Recital byFelicia Moore and Craig Ketter, Jan. 3, 2016.
• Tannhäuser Seminar, Oct. 25, 2016: "Backstage" with Sylvia Nolan (Met Costume Dept.) and Ira Lieberman (Met violinist, retired).
• Tannhäuser Seminar, Oct. 25, 2016: "Met Cast Roundtable" with Michelle DeYoung, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Frank van Aken, Günter Groissböck, and Peter Mattei.
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.
Review of the Met's Tannhäuser, published in Wagner Notes (Dec. issue) with photos: click here.
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