Wagner Society events held in 2003


23 February 1pm: A talk by Professor Michael Ewans
entitled Wagner in Perspective - 120 Years after the Master’s Death 
Talk Goethe Institut
16 March 1pm: DVD of Die Meistersinger von Nϋrnberg - Deutsche Oper Berlin, conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos with Götz Friedrich - producer, Gosta Winbergh - Walter, Eva Johansson - Eva, Victor von Halem - Veit Pogner, Wolfgang Brendel - Hans Sachs; English subtitles    Goethe Institut
13 April

1pm: Dr Antony Ernst on Parsifal - he discussed aspects of a number of possible interpretations, including Kundry’s Jewish past as Herodias, the sin of mixed blood (Kundry’s with Parsifal’s pure Aryan), Titurel as God the Father (and his Nietzschean death), Amfortas as Christ, the Redeemer redeemed.

  Goethe Institut

Friday 23 May

6pm: Wagner's Birthday Dinner – held on the day of Wagner’s birth

Guest speaker: Bill Gillespie OAM, General Manager, Australian Chamber Orchestra - who told us how hearing Wagner’s music as a student led him to a career in opera, rather than the other way round.

  The Women’s Club 
Saturday 7 June

10am: Joint Art Gallery of NSW and Wagner Society Meistersinger Seminar


Arthur Lawrence [art historian] - Nuremberg’s other famous son from that period, Albrecht Dürer (1471–1528), a contemporary of the historical Hans Sachs (1494–1576) 

Dr Antony Ernst - historical and then on interpretational aspects of Meistersinger

Dr Sally Kester [Perth-based music reviewer, part-time lecturer and Jungian psychoanalyst in private practice] - the psychology of the Shadow in Meistersinger

  Domain Theatre,
Art Gallery of NSW
Saturday 5 July

10am - 2pm: Joint Meistersinger Seminar in conjunction with a theatre group from the Wagner Society of New Zealand, which is attending the same performance

Main speaker: Professor Heath Lees, President of the Wagner Society of New Zealand - spoke on the musicology of Meistersinger

4pm: Theatre group for Meistersinger conducted by Simone Young


Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW 



Capitol Theatre

20 July

1pm: 24th AGM

Video: extracts from the 1982/83 season of the Vienna State Opera conducted by Sir Georg Solti to celebrate his 80th birthday 

  Goethe Institut
Tuesday 9 September

Masterclass conducted by Sir Donald McIntyre, world-renowned Wagnerian bass. Three students from the Conservatorium - David Greco, Caroline Wenborne and Jessica Pratt - and Opera Australia’s Warwick Fyfe worked with Sir Donald on their chosen arias.

- Warwick Fyfe chose Rigoletto’s aria Pari siamo 
- David Greco sang Papageno’s aria Papagena, Papagena, Papagena!. 
- Caroline Wenborne sang Else’s aria Einsam in truben tagen
- Jessica Pratt chose Si mi chia mano Mimi from La Boheme.

  Conservatorium of Music 
19 October 1pm: Adelaide Ring 2004 - talks about aspects of the Cycle beginning with Dr Terence Watson - Power in the Ring Part 2   Goethe Institut
16 November 1pm: Player Piano Exposition and Recital
– Denis Condon - Presentation with transcriptions for Duo Art reproducing piano of Wagner’s music
7 November


- Documentary on New York’s private Amato Opera Company - a short video from the American Public Broadcasting Service entitled “Amato: a love affair with opera”, about the extraordinary lives of Sally and Tony Amato, and the Amato Opera Company they founded in New York some 56 years ago.

- End-of-year party

  Goethe Institut