Society events held in 1985


11 February 6.30pm: Reception for dramatic soprano Leonie Rysanek -wine and cheese party, with a short recital by Lisa Gasteen   Goethe Institut
14 February 

8pm: Recital by Horst Hoffmann, a leading tenor with the AO, with interludes on the organ & piano by Werner Baer MBE, with flautist Suzy Powell also contributing.


Great Hall,
Sydney University

2 March 

Theatre Party to Die Walküre



23 March

Group Tour to Die Walküre

 State Theatre

27 March

8pm: Video evening - Austrian television interview / biography (English translation) with Leonie Rysanek


The Print Room,
141 Dowling Street, Woolloomooloo

 24 May

6.30pm for 7pm:

- Annual General Meeting


- Annual ‘Wagner’s Birthday’ Dinner (buffet)

Guest of Honour: Rita Hunter, who sang and entertained guests with amusing tales about productions. and became an Honorary Life Member of the Society for her services to the Wagner tradition in Australia.

Werner Baer MBE accompanied Rita on the piano, and performed a transcription of ‘Happy birthday for Richard’.


Madison Room,
Southern Cross Hotel





14 July,
28 July,
11 August,
25 August

- An introductory talk based on a lecture called ‘Interpretation of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung’ by Erich Rappl

- Video - The 1979-80 Bayreuth Ring Cycle by Chéreau and Boulez






  Goethe Institut

29 September

11am: Video – Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production of Tristan und Isolde


Goethe Institut

13 October

1.30pm: Recording of Tristan und Isolde

  Goethe Institut

2 November

9.30am – 4pm: Elecktra Seminar


- ‘Richard Strauss – the man and his music’ by Richard Toop (Conservatorium)

- ‘Aspects of Greek Drama’ by Professor Michael Ewans (University of Newcastle)

- ‘On performing Elektra’ by Richard Armstrong (conductor, Welsh National Opera)


Film of the 1982 opera with Leonie Rysanek.

  Goethe Institut


23 November
Group booking for Elektra   SOH
7 December Group tour to Lohengrin  

Victorian State Opera,


15 December

3.30 –  7pm: Christmas Cocktail Party including a short film

  Goethe Institut