Society events held in 1999


21 February 1pm: After the Ring is Over - A retrospective discussion of the first Australian Ring, by Stephen Phillips, Managing Director, State Opera of South Australia   Goethe Institut
13-14 March

Parsifal weekend, hosted by Rosemary Cater- Smith and Alec Cater:
Robert Gibson (Sydney Conservatorium of Music) gave two lectures

- a gala dinner


Catersfield House, Pokolbin

21 March

1pm: Video: Siegfried (Kupfer production)


Goethe Institut

18 April

1pm: ‘Orpheus Ascending - a reassessment of Wagner and Wagnerism’ by Sydney poet Peter Nicholson

  Goethe Institut

23 May

12pm for 12.30pm: Richard Wagner Birthday Luncheon

Guest of Honour: Adrian Collette, General Manager, Opera Australia, who began his address with the question 'Is the Wagner Society a secret society? Or, perhaps more accurately, is it in danger of becoming a secret society - with its arcane rituals, customs and rights of association'.


Goethe Institut

20 June

1pm: Da Capo Presents: ‘Recycling Richard’ – Patricia Baillie (WS member and proprietor of Da Capo Books, Glebe) spoke giving a lighthearted anecdotal look at dealing in music books, with special reference to Wagner.

Followed by soprano Camille Mercep and pianist Glenn Amer, presenting:
- an early Wagner song, Les Adieux de Marie Stuart
- two Wesendonck Lieder


Goethe Institut

23 June

- Inaugural Australasian Wagner Seminar and lunch prior to the performance when we welcomed over twenty members of the New Zealand Wagner Association as well as members from other Australian Societies

- SSO's concert version of Siegfried


Concert Hall, SOH

26 June

9.20am - 2pm: Seminar on Siegfried
Professor Heath Lees, University of Auckland, President of WSNZ - suggested three ways Siegfried can be approached: as a fairy-tale, as an epic struggle, or as a tragi-comedy
Robert Gibson, University of Sydney - outlined Wagner’s orchestral requirements for Siegfried

SSO's concert version of Siegfried


Goethe Institut






Concert Hall,

18 July

- Video of Der fliegende Holländer

  Goethe Institut
22 August 1pm: Talk by Simone Young, Music Director Elect of Opera Australia   Goethe Institut
19 September

- Talk by Stephen Mould, conductor / repetiteur and 1988 Bayreuth Scholarship winner.

- Recital by Warwick Fyfe and Stephen Mould
- Zueignung by Strauss
- Mignonne by Wagner
- two Mephisto Lieder (Nos and 5, 1831) from Seven Pieces for Goethe's Faust by Wagner
- Schumann's Les Deux Grenadiers
- Wagner's Die beiden Grenadiere

  Goethe Institut
17 October

1pm: ‘Power in The Ring’, talk by Dr Terence Watson

  Goethe Institut
21 November

1pm: Video - Lohengrin, 1982 Bayreuth production, producer Goetz Friedrich, Elizabeth Connell, Peter Hoffman, Karen Armstrong

  Goethe Institut
12 December

- Wagner Society Christmas Party
- Valhalla on film

  Goethe Institut