NEXT EVENT: 2.00pm, Sunday 10 October 2021 [AEDT]: Dr Rachel Orzech on 'France’s Wagner: 1840s to WWI', via zoom


Members of the public are most welcome to this and all our events (except our AGM).

How to attend the zoom session:

Step 1: Registration - Those wishing to join will need to register by emailing

Step 2: Payment of registration fee of $10 - An e-invoice will be emailed to those who register, for payment by debit or credit card.

Registration and fee are due by Thursday 7 October please.

Step 3: Emailing of zoom link - This will be emailed on Friday 8 October to those who have registered and paid, and again on the morning of the zoom.


About the talk: France's Wagner: 1840s to WW1  

The relationship between Wagner and the French was complicated and polarising, and continued to be so long after his death in 1883. Debates around Wagner’s place in French musical life and the French musical imagination were heated, divisive, and deeply tied up in French identity and the Franco-German political relationship. From the time that the French began to write and talk about Wagner, they used their discussions to articulate ideas about what was happening politically and diplomatically between France and Germany, and how that affected French people’s sense of national identity. This talk will trace some of the flashpoints in the tumultuous story of Wagner and France up to the First World War.


About Dr Rachel Orzech

Dr Rachel Orzech

Rachel Orzech is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Her forthcoming monograph, Claiming Wagner, examines the Parisian press reception of Wagner during the period of the Third Reich, and will be published in the University of Rochester Press’s Eastman Studies in Music series in 2022.


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.

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President: Esteban Insausti 
Patron: Simone Young AM