NEXT EVENT: SUNDAY 16 JUNE 2024

 

12.00pm: 
Special Bloomsday live zoom at the Goethe Institut - 
American music critic & author Alex Ross 
talks from Los Angeles about Joyce and Wagner.

1.15pm: 
Annual General Meeting (for financial members only)

2.00pm: 
DVD - Christian Thielemann My Richard Strauss
        

Venue: the Goethe Institut, Event Hall (upstairs), 
90 Ocean Street (cnr Jersey Road), Woollahra

 

Alex Ross: image from the Wagner Society in NSW’s 2021 zoom recording
Alex Ross: image from the Wagner Society in NSW’s 2021 zoom recording


Attendance at the event

  • Please click here to register online. 
  • Tickets are $25 members, $35 non-members and $10 full-time students [plus booking fee]  -  including afternoon tea
  • Payment by credit card at the door also possible.


Keeping you safe

  • Please don’t attend the event if you feel unwell and/or are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms.


About Alex Ross

It is a rare occasion when a Society event falls on Bloomsday. Since there is a whole chapter in Alex Ross’ book “Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music” devoted to Joyce, we thought we ask Alex whether he would kindly talk to us from the US about James Joyce and Wagner. And he has agreed. Ever since Alex Ross’ book “Wagnerism” hit the shelves he has become a Wagnerian oracle. What better person to tell the story of James Joyce and Richard Wagner. 

Video of Alex’s previous conversation with Dr David Larkin for the WSNSW about his then recently published book “Wagnerism” can still be seen on https://youtu.be/jQ0XPevpkEM.


About the AGM (Rescheduled from 19 May)

For financial members only.


About the DVD - Christian Thielemann My Richard Strauss 
 

Christian Thielemann


Christian Thielemann (born 1 April 1959) is currently chief conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden, and the designated Generalmusikdirektor of the Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper Unter den Linden).Thielemann has been a regular conductor at the Bayreuth Festival, following his début in 2000 with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, and at the Salzburg Festival. With the decision in September 2008 of the Richard Wagner Festival Foundation to appoint Katharina Wagner and Eva Wagner-Pasquier to succeed Wolfgang Wagner as directors of the Bayreuth Festival, Thielemann was named musical advisor. In June 2015, the Bayreuth Festival formally announced the appointment of Thielemann as its music director. With his conducting of Lohengrin in 2018, Thielemann became the second conductor, after Felix Mottl, to conduct the ten canonical operas by Richard Wagner that are regularly performed at the Bayreuth Festival. Thielemann stood down from the Bayreuth Festival post in 2020.

On the occasion of Richard Strauss‘ 150th birthday, conductor Christian Thielemann reflects in an intensive portrait about his personal relation to the composer. Most interesting for Thielemann of course is the conductor and composer Strauss. But also, the person, the director, the festival founder and careerist in times of National Socialism finds its place in this documentary. The DVD includes a lot of archival footage with Richard Strauss, rehearsals and concert excerpts of Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Ein Heldenleben and Four Last Songs.

 

 

OUR THIRD WEDNESDAY ZOOM FOR 2024

 
 
AT 12.00PM [AEDT] ON WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2024
 
DR JOHN MASTROGIOVANNI,
 
CHAIRMAN, 
WAGNER SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA,


ON ‘PARSIFAL’: THE WILL AND REDEMPTION
 
 
$10 AUD
 

ALL WELCOME!
 

 
Dr John Mastrogiovanni

 

 

Registration for the zoom:

  • Please click here to register online by Tuesday 25 June.
  • Once you have registered, we will email you the zoom link 24hrs before the event. 
  • Instructions about Eventbrite can be forwarded if anyone is finding it difficult.
  • Tickets are $10 AUD.

 


ABOUT DR JOHN MASTROGIOVANNI

Dr John Mastrogiovanni is Chairman, Wagner Society of Southern California [http://www.wagnersociety.us/]
 

Dr. John has been a member of the WSSC since 1990 and has assisted the society in many areas. Since May 2010, Dr. John has taken the helm and continued the legacy afforded to him locally, and in particular taking members to the Bayreuth Festival yearly. One of the key mandates that Dr. Sloan, the previous President, gave him was to “continue the Gala Dinners at the Festival” which feature many of the performers of the Festival and members of the Wagner societies from around the world. 

[No doubt many of our WSNSW members and friends will have attended a Bayreuth Gala Dinner which follows ‘Das Rheingold’.]

As a young boy Dr. John, living in New York, was first exposed to Wagner by his father at the ripe old age of five. From that moment he began a passionate love for Wagner’s works. At nine he began marking the piano scores of the operas, outlining the leitmotifs. By the age of fifteen he experienced his first Ring at the MET with Jess Thomas as Siegfried and Birgit Nilsson as Brünnhilde. Being strongly influenced by Wagner’s music, at twelve he picked up the French Horn (he just had to play Siegfried’s horn call) and played for six years. Nevertheless, he perfected the craft enough that prior to finishing high school he participated in a special gathering at the University of Hartfort and had the privilege of playing with several hornists, including the legendary Barry Tuckwell. With the influence of Wagner’s message of redemption of the human condition, he became an ordained minister in 1983 and in 1985 founded Oasis of the Valley in Monrovia, California. He has also written and published six books including one on Wagner’s final musical treatise called, “Parsifal: The Will and Redemption.” 

Dr. John enthusiastically serves as the Chairman and loves gathering its members in the Los Angeles and San Diego area, as well as his home.

[from the WSSC website]

 

ABOUT THE TALK
Wagner’s concluding treatise to the world is surmised in his final composition, ‘Parsifal’.
 
Unique, compared to all his other works and yet a culmination of them. Lecturing on an aspect of his book, “Parsifal: The Will and Redemption,” Dr. John, in Wagner’s own words, opens the philosophical and spiritual concepts communicated. Originally confined to the Bayreuth Festival, “…there alone may ‘Parsifal’ be presented now and always: never shall Parsifal be offered in any other theater as an amusement for its audience…” (Wagner, September 28, 1880) Wagner very pointedly addressed Religion, the Age of Enlightenment and his convictions for the redemption of the human soul.

WAGNER SOCIETY EVENTS IN 2024

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COMING SOCIETY EVENTS IN 2024

updated 8 June

Sunday 
16 June

12.00pm: Special Bloomsday live zoom at the Goethe Institut - American music critic & author Alex Ross talks from Los Angeles about Joyce and Wagner.

1.15pm: AGM [only financial members may vote]

2.00pm: DVD - Christian Thielemann My Richard Strauss         

Details

Please click here to register.

Goethe Institut *
Wednesday 26 June 12.00pm: Talk via zoom by Chairman, Wagner Society of Southern California, Dr John Mastrogiovanni on Parsifal: The Will and Redemption

Details

Please click here to register online by Tuesday 25 June.

Zoom
Sunday 
14 July
12.00pm:  DVD - Richard Strauss Gala from Dresden 

2.00pm: An afternoon with baritone Simon Meadows 

  Goethe Institut *
Sunday
28 July
12.00pm: DVD - The Ring without words Lorin Maazel   2.00pm: Talk by production & set designer Michael Scott-Mitchell and lighting designer Nick Schlieper about the Adelaide Ring   Goethe Institut *
Sunday
18 August
12.00pm: DVD - Lotte Lehmann Masterclass 2.00pm: Talk by Dr Anthony Ernst, Director of the Royal Danish Orchestra, on Die Walküre   Goethe Institut *
Sunday    29 September 12.30pm: DVD - Richard Strauss and his Heroines                                              2.00pm: Talk by WSSA President Geoffrey Seidel on Lola Montez   Goethe Institut *
Sunday    20 October 12.30pm: DVD - Ring highlights from Valencia – Zubin Mehta                 2.00pm: Talk by Robert Gay, teacher of music history courses and leader of international musical and cultural tours, on Cosima Wagner   Goethe Institut *
Sunday 
10 November

10.30am: WSNSW Symposium on Die Walküre

  Goethe Institut *
Saturday 
16 November
TBC
 4.00pm: WSNSW reception for other Wagner Societies   TBC
Sunday 
1 December
no DVD 2.00pm: Christmas concert and party   Goethe Institut *
PAST EVENTS IN 2024
Sunday
11 February
12.50pm: DVD
SOH Opening Concert

 


2.00pm: A discussion of the Brisbane Ring, led by Helden bass-baritone Warwick Fyfe

 

Program

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Goethe Institut *
Wednesday
21 February
8.00pm: German soprano Alexandra Steiner in conversation from Germany with Ross Whitelaw

Details

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via Zoom from Berlin
Sunday 
10 March
12.30pm: DVD -
Erich Leinsdorf in rehearsal & performance
2.00pm: A talk by Heldentenor Simon O’Neill covering his life with Wagner

Program

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Goethe Institut *
Wednesday
20 March
7.00pm: A talk on Wagner in Britain by broadcaster Christopher Cook interviewed by Ross Whitelaw

Details

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via Zoom from England

Sunday  
21 April

POSTPONED

12.30pm: DVD - Weber’s Euryanthe (3 Acts) + discussion of production

POSTPONED

  Goethe Institut *
Sunday 
19 May
2.00pm: Concert with soprano Valda Wilson, bass baritone Eugene Raggio and pianists Katherine Day & Thomas Johnson 
followed by Wagner’s birthday celebration

Program + Insert

Photos 1 & Photos 2

Goethe Institut *

 

*Venues:

Goethe Institut
Event Hall (upstairs)
90 Ocean Street (cnr Jersey Road)
Woollahra NSW

St Columba Community Centre
53A Ocean Street (cnr Forth Street)
Woollahra NSW

 

WELCOME TO THE WAGNER SOCIETY IN NSW

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Our members are lovers of the music and operas of Richard Wagner and also support Wagnerian productions in Australia and emerging Wagnerian performers from NSW.

Why not become a member?
Apart from joining a group of fellow Wagnerians, there are many benefits. As a member, you can:

  • attending a variety of events each year at a reduced rate, including talks, seminars, concerts and films, with outstanding presenters and exciting performers, and with afternoon tea following each event - events are held most months usually on a Sunday starting at 2.00pm and normally at the Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean Street, Woollahra, Sydney. In addition, DVDs of Wagner operas or related areas are often shown before talks (but not before recitals or concerts). Click here for the current program.

  • attending a champagne celebration of Wagner’s birthday and a Christmas Party;

  • meeting and getting to know like-minded Wagnerians;

  • enjoying the fellowship of our extended network of music/theatre lovers when attending performances in Australia and overseas;

  • receiving four issues of the Wagner Quarterly per year as well as regular e-news and emails;

  • accessing the Society’s website with its list of events, photo gallery, views and reviews about Australian and international Wagner productions, all previous events, and much more, as well as the For Members Only section which includes all previous Quarterlies;

  • having the opportunity to access tickets for the annual Bayreuth Festival; and

  • knowing that you are helping to support emerging Wagnerian or potential Wagnerian performers from NSW as well as productions of Wagner in Australia.

Subscription rates and how to pay them plus the online New members application form are all available here.

If you have any enquiries about membership, please email your question to contact@wagner.org.au

 

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