AUSTRALIAN WAGNER SOCIETIES
The Wagner Society in NSW
The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia Inc. was founded to promote artistic, scholarly and public interest in Richard Wagner’s works and in those who perform them. By organising lectures, recitals, exhibitions, symposia, electronic screenings and social events, we expand our understanding of his life, his times, his works and his influence on music, drama, art and ideas.
Our Society is also committed to supporting Wagner performance in Australia by sponsoring singers and musicians or assisting in other ways.
The Richard Wagner Society was founded in Victoria by a small and dedicated group of enthusiasts in 1981. It was incorporated in 1985. The Society aims to encourage the performance of Wagner’s music and to increase the knowledge and appreciation of his life and works and those of his contemporaries. It provides a focus for lovers of Wagner’s music and opportunities to meet and talk with those of a like mind.
The Wagner Society in Queensland was formed to promote the artistic, scholastic, and public awareness of the musical, dramatic, and theoretical works of Richard Wagner.
It organises talks, screenings, recitals and symposia relevant to the composer’s life and works and their historical, cultural, and philosophical context. It encourages the performance of Wagner’s works by supporting, singers, composers, and musicians.
The society strives to create a convivial social atmosphere in which to celebrate the composer.
The Richard Wagner Society of Western Australia was formed in 1986 by a group of people who love Wagner's music. Its purpose is to promote the love of Wagner's music.
The International Association of Wagner Societies (RWVI), also known as the Verband, unites regional Wagner Societies around the world.
The RWVI aims to create interest in and deepen the understanding of Richard Wagner's works, to provide support for the next generation of artists, to support the Richard Wagner Scholarship Foundation, which was founded at the behest of Richard Wagner, to ensure the continuing success of the Bayreuth Festival and to promote international co-operation.
FRIENDS OF BAYREUTH
The support of the Bayreuth Festival is the mission of the Society of the Friends of Bayreuth since its founding in 1949. Together with the brothers Wieland and Wolfgang Wagner, the founding members made possible the reopening of the Bayreuth Festival in 1951.
Whether for annual operating subsidies for the festival season, the preservation of the Festspielhaus, investments in technical equipment, the general restoration of the Festspielhaus or the plans for a new trial stage, the Festival could reliably count on the support from the Friends of Bayreuth.
Being a friend means going beyond the financial commitment, to constant exchange, learning, and discussion about the design and interpretation of the works and ideas of Richard Wagner. Even if the artistic decisions are alone made by the festival management, the Friends will passionately and controversially debate over different viewpoints. A broad forum through our events makes this possible.
From its beginnings in 1949 until today, the number of Friends has increased continuously. Today, the Friends of Bayreuth with over 5,300 members worldwide, is one of the largest and financially strongest Patron Societies in Germany.
You also are welcome in our midst and can show your loyalty to the Bayreuth Festival with a membership in the Friends.
2022 Letters to our friends
SOME INTERNATIONAL WAGNER SOCIETIES
The Wagner Society of New Zealand is an incorporated society of approximately 400 members sharing a common interest in the life, works and influence of Richard Wagner (1813-1883), conductor, critic, designer, writer, inventor of music drama, and composer of some of the greatest music ever written.
The Wagner Society exists for the promotion of knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the life and works of Richard Wagner. It holds regular concerts, meetings, talks and master classes in Central London.
Members might be interested to know that The Wagner Society in New York also has a very interesting and informative "channel" on YouTube with videos of many of its lectures, presentations and recitals, including a roundtable chat with a charming and truly modest Jay Hunter Morris.