NEXT EVENT: 1.00pm, Sunday 11 July 2021 [AEST]: AGM followed by a talk by Peter Bassett: 'Hurry away then, towards the East'




1.00pm: AGM (members only)

2.00pm: Peter Bassett: Hurry away then, towards the East
a talk about the Ring Cycle from an Eastern perspective

3.30pm: Afternoon tea


Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean Street (cnr Jersey Road), 


Members of the public are most welcome!

Members $25 / non-members $30 / full-time students $10


No DVD beforehand.

About Peter Bassett
Peter Bassett

Peter Bassett was born in Brisbane, Queensland. He graduated BA (Hons), MA, LLB from the University of Queensland with a particular interest in constitutional and international law, and was admitted to the Queensland and Commonwealth Bars. Subsequently, he graduated PhD from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. He served in the Australian Army during National Service before taking up an appointment in the Australian Diplomatic Service. In a diplomatic career spanning two decades (1972-92), Peter served in Embassies and High Commissions in West and East Europe, Asia and the Pacific. He was Senior Foreign Affairs Representative in South Australia (1984-85). In the Foreign Affairs Department in Canberra, he became a specialist in international maritime law in the Asia-Pacific region, and he was the Department’s Deputy Legal Adviser (1990-92).

In 1992, Peter was appointed Official Secretary (Chief of Staff) to the Governor of South Australia, a position he held until 1999. He served under two Governors, whose responsibilities included patronage of the State Opera of South Australia. It was during this time that Peter was on the Boards of the State Opera and the State Opera Ring Corporation, and he became actively involved with the ‘Adelaide Wagner Decade’ for which he was awarded a Centenary Medal. The Adelaide Wagner initiative became the subject of his Doctorate, which was awarded 'with Academic Excellence' in 2016. He continues to write, lecture and broadcast widely on opera in general and the works of Richard Wagner in particular. He was Artistic Administrator and Dramaturg for the 2004 Adelaide production of Der Ring des Nibelungen (the first completely Australian production) and was closely associated with other Wagner productions in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth and Melbourne. He has published numerous books and articles, including for Opera Australia and other opera companies in Australia and overseas, and has led 40 opera tours around the world for the Sydney-based company Renaissance Tours. He has organised Wagner conferences in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne, and has been a prominent speaker on Wagner's works in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North America.  


Welcome to the Wagner Society in NSW


Members of the Wagner Society NSW are lovers of Wagner's music and operas. 

Under normal circumstances, Society events are held most months at 2.00pm usually on a Sunday and normally at the Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra. These include presentations by Wagner singers, conductors and directors of Wagner operas; recitals by Wagner singers and artists supported by the Society; seminars on topics relating to Wagner's music and current productions of Wagner operas; celebration of Wagner's birthday; and a Christmas concert and party. In addition, DVDs of Wagner operas or related areas are often shown before the meeting (but not before recitals or concerts).

During Covid times, zoom talks have been the norm but our first actual concert in a year was held on 7 March 2021, and this year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Wagner Society in NSW.

Members of the public are most welcome.

You can:

President: Esteban Insausti 
Patron: Simone Young AM