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information about the Society (the largest in this continent, established in
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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..
2015-2016 Season: Plans are underway!
Sept. 18 (Fri.), 7:30 p.m. Francesca Zambello, Artistic Director of Washington National Opera and director of the WNO Ring production (spring of 2016), will speak to WSNY about the production, with visuals and with excerpts by Daniel Brenna (Siegfried). At the Liederkranz Foundation, 6 E. 87th St.
Oct. 25 (Sun.), noon - 5:00 p.m. Seminar on Tannhäuser, with scholars and Met Cast Roundtable. Details to come.
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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