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The Unsung Hero: The Personal Rhine Journey of A Wotan In The Wings - Katie French

It seems so long ago that Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia, and his Marketing Team, spoke to supporters of the Company, and to members of the Wagner Society, about the Company’s plans for a Ring Cycle in Melbourne in 2013, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth. The names of the singers were still in a state of flux, though it was clear from the start that the major roles, (other than that of Alberich, and perhaps Siegmund), would be given to overseas singers. (Who would have anticipated at that early stage how many of those roles would change hands, and that even the Conductor would ultimately change?)

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For the 24 May 2015 we had invited our members to talk about recent Wagner performances they had seen. This had been a regular annual event in the days when the Society played a direct role in obtaining Bayreuth tickets for members. Members were invited on their return from Bayreuth, to talk about their experience including comments on the singers, production etc. This time, the brief was to talk about any Wagner performance and we were lucky to have six volunteers sharing their ideas on a wide range of operas around the world. They were supported by slides which illustrated each production. Roger Cruickshank was the Master of Ceremonies.
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