Important Support Opportunities, December 2020

Dear friends,

There are two opportunities for our Society to make a difference, to help and contribute. I commend both causes, detailed below, as key and critical to our ethos – supporting singers and promoting Wagner. Whilst we understand that not everyone is in a position to donate, the best way to show support is to attend, if you can. So I urge all members to please consider these exciting projects.

Thank you and regards,

Esteban Insausti
President
Wagner Society in NSW Inc

 


 

SUPPORT FOR THE MELBOURNE OPERA’S ‘DAS RHEINGOLD’ - 3, 5, 7 FEBRUARY 2021

Das Rheingold
We would like to support Melbourne Opera’s forthcoming production of ‘Das Rheingold’ and invite donations (which are tax deductible) to the Wagner Society which will go to the Melbourne Opera for ‘Das Rheingold’ on everyone’s behalf.
 
But just as important is to be able to see and hear this production live – particularly as Warwick Fyfe will be presenting his first Rheingold Wotan. As a welcomed incentive Melbourne Opera and the Wagner Society of Victoria have kindly extended their offer of discounted tickets to our members (whether you donate or not) - please see below.
 

Please make sure that donations reach us by 31 December 2020.

— SUPPORT FOR FREELANCE ARTIST RELIEF AUSTRALIA (FARA)

 
FARA
Your Wagner Society in NSW is an enthusiastic supporter of a new venture, the Freelance Artist Relief Australia (FARA), established by Nicole Car in this time of crisis to provide emergency assistance to Australian classical singers.

We invite donations (which are tax deductible) to the Wagner Society which will go towards FARA on everyone’s behalf.

Please make sure that donations reach us by 31 December 2020.

— WAYS TO DONATE TO MELBOURNE OPERA’S ‘DAS RHEINGOLD’ & TO FARA
Please include your name and note ‘donation for Rheingold or FARA’ (as applicable) on your donation.

by e-invoice - Ask for an e-invoice to be emailed to you (by replying to this email) and you can make your payment by clicking on the "Pay" button in the e-invoice and entering your card details. A receipt is emailed on receipt of payment.

by EFT - Use your bank's internet banking facilities to send your payment electronically to Westpac Banking Corporation, Paddington NSW Branch

Account Name: The Wagner Society
BSB: 032040
Account Number: 911323

by PayPal (which is purely for donations) if you have a PayPal account - The PayPal donations link is on the WS website’s homepage (http://wagner.org.au).
 



More Information About Rheingold And FARA
— 'DAS RHEINGOLD', MELBOURNE OPERA
Dates And Times:

Wednesday 3 February 2021 at 7.30pm
Friday 5 February 2021 at 7.30pm
Sunday 7 February 2021 at 4.00pm
More information will be available about the proposed Bendigo performance soon.


Venue: Regent Theatre, Melbourne


Cast:

WOTAN
Warwick Fyfe - Feb 3 & 7
Eddie Muliaumaseali’i - Feb 5 and Bendigo
LOGE
James Egglestone
FROH
Jason Wasley
DONNER
Darcy Carroll
FRICKA
Sarah Sweeting
FREIA
Lee Abrahmsen
ERDA
Roxane Hislop
DWARVES

 

ALBERICH
Simon Meadows
MIME
Michael Lapina
GIANTS

 

FASOLT
Adrian Tamburini
FAFNER
Steven Gallop
RHEINMAIDENS

 

WOGLINDE
Rebecca Rashleigh
WELLGUNDE
Louise Keast
FLOSSHILDE
Karen Van Spall


Bookings:
The booking link with times and costs is at: https://www.melbourneopera.com/project/das-rheingold.

Melbourne Opera and the Wagner Society of Victoria are kindly extending a code word to members of the Wagner Society of NSW to avail themselves of the special Wagner Society prices. The code is RWSVIC. 

FREELANCE ARTIST RELIEF AUSTRALIA (FARA)
FARA has been established in a time of crisis to provide emergency assistance to Australian classical singers. Whether based at home or around the world, Australian classical singers are facing an indefinite period of income loss and contract cancellations. Singing is an art, a discipline and a lifestyle. Like dancers or athletes, singers need constant practice to maintain and develop their voice and repertoire. When the world shut down in March, Australian singers around the world lost months of contracts, months of practice, rehearsals and performances.

Beyond the immediate financial help to enable singers to survive during this time, FARA is fighting for our fragile ecosystem of artists to survive this crisis. Whether they are young and just starting their careers, or are established singers, all of them have lost months of work. This will threaten the capacity of many singers to be able to stay in this industry after years, perhaps decades of training, dedication and experience. Losing these singers would represent a tragic loss of artistry and endanger, more broadly, the vibrancy of the performing arts sector, now and into the future.

If you love music, if you love this art form, the best way to help at the moment is to make donations to ensure artists will still be there on the other side of this crisis, ready to bring their roles back to life and to perform for you once again.

For further information about Freelance Artist Relief Australia, please contact:

 

Anna d’Ersu, Director of Development
E
anna@freelanceartistrelief.com
T +61 4 88 011 713
Website: https://www.freelanceartistrelief.com/
Instagram: @freelanceartistrelief

 
 
Warm regards from the President and Committee of Wagner Society NSW.