© Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Siegfried 2019


WS Washington DC builds on the success of its webinars with an exciting programme
A shining example of how to keep things going for Wagner Societies in lockdown - a series of webinars from the enterprising WS Washington DC
Dear Members and Friends of the Wagner Society of Washington DC:

I am pleased to provide you with information regarding the next four webinars to be presented by the Wagner Society of Washington DC.

May 7, at 7:30 pm EDT, The concert pianist and eminent Wagner analyst, Maestro Jeffrey Swann, will be present a talk on the "Immolation Scene" from The Ring. This long scene, which brings The Ring to a close, is one of Wagner's immortal, and most complex, creations. As Brünnhilde takes center stage, she provides a kind of resolution to the events that have stricken the Gibichungs, the Rhine Daughters, her father, the great god Wotan, and her husband, the hero Siegfried. Her final act of self-sacrifice returns the Ring to the Rhine, clears away Valhalla, and redeems a future for a new world. The music rises monumentally to the occasion as never before.

Maestro Swann will illuminate his remarks with selections from the piano.?

May 14, 7:30pm EDT: "An Interivew with Issachah Savage" 
Mr. Savage is rising to the top of the opera world, singing roles across the repertory, but with an exciting emphasis on the works of Wagner. Mr. Savage is scheduled to take the title role in the LA Opera's new production of Tannhauser in October 2020. There is nothing quite as exciting as the emergence of a Wagner tenor! The interview will review Mr. Savage's biography, his musical training, and his thoughts about Wagner and other composers. Mr. Savage will also sing for us: "Rienzi's Prayer."

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_QguLvguaS32oaqmebUxmBQ

May 21, 7:30pm EDT: Saul Lilienstein: "Imagination and Reality in Wagner" 
Lilienstein will address the disparity between the Richard Wagner’s boundless musical imagination and the limitations of the stage to visualize that. For stage directors, that polarity has been a source of frustration, challenge  - and sometimes outrageous license.    Musical and visual examples from Das Rheingold, Die Walkure,  Goetterdammerung and Tristan und Isolde will be presented and analyzed, along with comparative excerpts from Verdi’s Otello.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_6OfaAYaeSxqLudFU6roL3g

May 28, 7:30pm EDT: "Tristan and the Delights of Ambiguity" 
WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman will present a lecture on Tristan und Isolde, taking his cue from Leonard Bernstein's lectures at Harvard in the 1980s. Maestro Bernstein described Tristan as "the central work in all music history, the hub of the wheel." Mr. Holman will emphasize both the musical antecedents to Tristan, and the artistic and scientific worlds in which it was composed. (With musical excerpts)

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_K4g78NuHQ_K0eQ4N7Qe6iA

We look forward to your participation!

Jim Holman, Chairman
Wagner Society of Washington DC