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

Annual General Meeting (for financial members only)

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

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.