Wagner Society events held in 2000


Celebration of the Wagner Society NSW's 20th Anniversary

20 February

1pm: Recital of eight songs, all written in 1840, by Andrew Young, tenor, and Paul Virag, accompanist:
- three songs from Robert Schumann's song cycle Myrthen (Opus 25), No. 1 "Widmung", No. 7 "Die Lotosblume", and No. 24 "Du bist wie eine Blume";
- the two versions of "the two grenadiers" by Schumann and Wagner, both composed in 1840;
- three songs from Nuits d'Été by Berlioz, Opus 7, No. 1 "Villanelle", No. 3 "Sur les Lagunes", and No. 4 "Absence";
- "Abendlich strahlt der Sonne Auge" from Das Rheingold.

  Goethe Institut
19 March

3pm: Special event - Concert of music by Richard and his son Siegfried Wagner performed by the Sydney Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and singers from the Vocal Studies and Opera Unit from the Conservatorium, conducted by Maestro Carlo Felice Cillario

Richard Wagner: 
Lohengrin Act III, Scenes 1, 2 and 3 for orchestra, soprano, tenor and chorus
Siegfried Idyll

Siegfried Wagner: 
Der Bärenhäuter - Overture to Act I

  ABC's Eugene Goosens Hall, Ultimo
16 April

1pm: Video - Parsifal (Syberberg)

  Goethe Institut
21 May

Richard Wagner Birthday Luncheon

Guest speaker: Tim Calnin, Artistic Administrator, SSO, who spoke about the process of casting for the series of SSO’s concert performances of the Ring under Chief Conductor Edo de Waart

Flyer Women's Club
18 June 1pm: Talk by Paul Curran, Director, Midsummer Night's Dream, OA, on Wagner in Russia and his own career in opera   Goethe Institut
8 July

10am - 4pm: Götterdämmerung Seminar jointly with Art Gallery Society

- Paul Curran (on staging music dramas from a director's perspective),
- Tim Calnin & Dr Alison Gyger (on the text)
Dr Matthew Holt (on parallel music and art movements). 

  Art Gallery of NSW
23 July


- AGM                                               

- Video - Solti conducts Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Wagner Overtures and Preludes & Berlioz Romeo et Juliette  orchestral music

  Goethe Institut
5 & 8 September 5pm: Götterdämmerung, SSO performances   Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
17 September

Have your say! Discussion of SSO performance of Götterdämmerung with a panel including Bill Gillespie, Head of the Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University, WA & members Peter Nicholson and Dr Terence Watson.

Seminar on the performance and on the implications of the views of Göttfried Wagner, great grandson of Richard Wagner, after his visit to Australia. To broaden the discussion to the significance of Wagner today, extracts from videos were shown: two films by Petrus Van der Let - Hitler's Religion and The Wagner Dynasty - and Wagner, from the 'Great Composers' series.

  Goethe Institut
15 October 20th birthday

1pm: Wagner Society 20th Anniversary function - with guest of honour Horst Hoffmann, Australia's renowned Heldentenor and Society Life Member. He was joined in recital by soprano Adele Johnston and accompanist Fiona McCabe.

The anniversary will celebrate 20 years since Wagner lovers met in Bayreuth on 26 October 1980 and agreed to start a Wagner Society in Australia










Goethe Institut

19 November

1pm: Video - Tristan und Isolde (Bayreuth, Barenboim conducting, Ponelle staging, Kollo, Meier, Schwarz, Salinen & Becht)

  Goethe Institut
10 December


- Christmas party                

Walking with Wagner, Barry Walters' presentation on visiting Wagner's residences and video of Wagner's favourite walk around Triebschen

  Goethe Institut