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 For information on all Society matters, please email wagnerring@aol.com
Bayreuth Policies for 2016 (Bayreuth Festival and WSNY): click here for full information.

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 Lecture Series – August 2016   John J. H. Muller, Lecturer 
WSNY presents a lecture series in English
  by Professor John J. H. Muller, Juilliard music history professor.  At the Arvena Kongress Hotel (Eduard-Bayerlein-Straße 5a, Bayreuth). Schedule: August 20: Das Rheingold, August 21: Die Walküre, August 22: Tristan und Isolde, August 23: Siegfried,  August 24: Parsifal, August 25: Götterdämmerung, August 26: Der fliegende Holländer. 10:30 am;1.5 hours; cost: 15 euros. Prepayment option for all four of the Ring cycle lectures: package price of US$55; may be sent by check to Wagner Society of New York, P.O.Box 230949, Ansonia Station, New York, NY 10023-0949.  Or you may pay at the door, for all lectures. Click here for more information.
Also note: a few tickets for 2016 are available from the Bayreuth Festival website:
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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.

Upcoming events:
  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.

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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New York, NY 10023-0949 
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