Wagner Society events held in 2013


 The Bicentenary of Wagner’s birth

9 - 10 February   9am Saturday
12.30pm Sunday:
Forging Meaning out of Music: Heritage, Complexity and Vision of the Ring - a workshop by Dr Antony Ernst, introduced by Lyndon Terracini, Artistic Director of Opera Australia



Willoughby Uniting Church Conference Centre
10 March  

2pm: An introduction to a new work commissioned by the Wagner Society in NSW, celebrating the bicentenary of Richard Wagner’s birth: Presentation by Louis GarrickJack Symonds of Sydney Chamber Opera on their forthcoming opera Climbing towards Midnight, based on the relationship between Parsifal and Kundry. 

[Opening night: 15 April, Parade Theatre of NIDA]




Goethe Institut
17 March  

2pm: Faeries and Vampyres: Concert by
Bradley Cooper [Opera Australia], Sarah-Ann Walker [Opera Australia & a recipient of Wagner Society funding] & Luke Stoker, accompanied by Bradley Gilchrist

Amended program

Mosman Art Gallery
14 April   2pm: Wagner and Psychological Motivation in the Ring by Dr David Schwartz [composer, countertenor & specialist on Yiddish theatre]   Goethe Institut
15 April  

Theatre party for Climbing towards Midnight.

  Parade Theatre of NIDA
22 May  

- 2013 Special event: Wagnerlicht Exhibition opening by Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO 

Conceived and curated by Wagner Society Committee Member Mike Day, and a part of Sydney's 2013 Vivid festival, Wagnerlicht was a multimedia interactive installation - inspired by 'Der Ring des Nibelungen' - to celebrate the bicentenary of Wagner’s birth.

Short videos:


Opening night

Four Elements

Wagner Lit Link

Wagner Underworld film

Sydney Conservatorium of Music




22 May cont'd  

- 7.15pm for 7.30pm: Wagner 200th Birthday dinner

Program by Emily Edmonds and accompanist Bradley Gilchrist:

Schubert: An Die Musik

Berg: Nacht from Seven Early Songs

Berg: Nachtigall from Seven Early Songs

Wagner: Träume

Lehar: Lippen Schweigen from The Merry Widow


Birthday cake cut by Honoured guest and Society member Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO

Wagner 200th Birthday dinner menu Royal Automobile Club
26 May  


- Annual General Meeting

- Concert by coloratura soprano Qesta Macqueeney accompanied by Bradley Gilchrist:

Brauenfels - Die Voegel (The Birds - overture; based on Aristophanes play)
Strauss, Richard - Amor (Love)
Strauss, Richard - Ich Schwebe (I am floating) Wagner, Richard - Les Adieux de Marie Stuart (The farewells of Marie Stuart - written as an add-on aria for Donizetti’s opera, Maria Stuarda)
Strauss, Richard - Zerbinetta’s aria from Ariadne auf Naxos

  Goethe Institut
30 June   2pm: Tony Legge [OA's Assistant Music Director] on His Bayreuth career   Goethe Institut
14 July   9.30am - 5pm: Riding the Storm: Seminar on The Flying Dutchman by Dr David Larkin, with Professor Benedict Anderson, Dr Colleen Chesterman and Anthony Pasquill; and singers Eugene Raggio [who sang the Dutchman’s first aria “Die Frist ist um...”], and Emilie Lemasson [who sang Senta’s Ballad]. Program Willoughby Uniting Church Conference Centre
11 August   2pm: Preparing for Major Wagnerian Roles, by Lisa Gasteen [Professor of Opera at Queensland Conservatorium]   Goethe Institut
25 August  

2pm: Swords and Winterstorms, A concert of Arias and Lieder by Wagner, Strauss & Mahler by David Corcoran and Amanda Windred accompanied by Bradley Gilchrist

Program Mosman Art Gallery
8 September   2pm: Neil Armfield's Ring Adventure - Director of Opera Australia’s 2013 Ring Cycle in Melbourne   Goethe Institut
6 October  

2pm: Singing Wagner by Susan Bullock, Melbourne's Brünnhilde and Richard Berkeley-Steele, Melbourne's Loge

  Goethe Institut
  Because of the Melbourne Ring, the Society will not hold any functions.