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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 WSNY now: be au courant! Membership year: Sept. 2014–Aug. 2015. If you have been a member but haven't renewed for the current season, please re-up asap. Click here or go to the membership button.We'll be glad to check our records if you're not sure. If you're just joining, your membership will be extended through Aug. 2016.
July 1 (Wed), 6:30 p.m: Annual business meeting of the Society; election of 2015-16 Board of Directors. Murphy Center of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 213 West 82nd Street. Written notice with proxy form will be mailed shortly to current domestic members.
Bayreuthevent to be presented by WSNY:
Aug. 17 (Mon.) Lecture on Tristan und Isolde followed by a reception, in recognition of the new production of Tristan. Lecturer: Prof. John J.H. Muller. Click here for details and reservation information.
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.
Note also: Tannnhäuser: Apotheosis Opera production of an English language production of Tannhäuser, which will feature emerging artists and conservatory students, July 31 and Aug. 2, at Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Ave. at 105th St., New York. Apotheosis Opera seeks to revitalize opera in New York by connecting new performers with new audiencemembers. Check out their website: tannhauser2015.org
Wagner in the U.S. and Canada: 2014-2015
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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Check out these new YouTubes on WSNY's YouTube Channel, from recent events. Click here or go to YouTube with the button at left
· Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master of the Metropolitan Opera: "The Opera Chorus - From Score to Stage" at Die Meistersinger Seminar, December 7, 2014;
· Met Cast Roundtable at Die Meistersinger Seminar, Dec. 7, 2014. Participants.: James Morris (Hans Sachs), Annette Dasch (Eva), and Johan Botha (Walther von Stolzing); Robert J. Sweeney, moderator.
· Conversation between PeterConrad, author and cultural critic, and Fred Cohn, writer and reviewer on operatopics: "The Greatest of the Monsters?". Wagner Society of New York program, January 28, 2015.
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