The Society provides a varied programme of events, including lectures, recitals and films, group discussions. Friendly and lively discussions are a feature of our meetings which always include refreshments. Wagner’s birthday, 22nd May, is celebrated with a dinner or luncheon each year.


Under its Rules, the business of the Society is managed by a Committee comprising a President, Secretary, Treasurer and six other members, all of whom are elected every two years.

Information about members of the Committee is available here: Committee

Bayreuth Festival

In the past the Society was fortunate to receive a small annual allotment of tickets to the Bayreuth Festival – available, of course, only to members but this was discontinued by the Bayreuth Management in 2011. The Board of the International Association of Wagner Societies, (Verband), is working to restore some consideration for the many Wagner Societies around the world.


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Email Addresses

Email addresses for contacting the Society:


The Society publishes a regular newsletter,“Wagner News” the aim of which is to serve as a source of information about proposed Wagner productions in Australia and around the world, and to provide a forum for discussion and opinion from members.

The latest edition of the newsletter is available to members of the Society. It can be viewed here: Newsletters – Members Only

Older editions of the newsletter are available for public access. They can be viewed here: Newsletters – Public Access

Origins of the Society

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 Society is a member of the International Wagner Society, the headquarters of which are in Bayreuth.


The Society is proud of its record of financial support to Australian productions of Wagner’s operas. Further, one of the Society’s objects is to encourage and assist singers and musicians who display interest in and ability to perform Wagner’s music. To encourage donations to enable the Society to continue its patronage, the Special Productions Fund has been established. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible.

If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here: Donations

Postal Address

The Society's Postal Address:
The Richard Wagner Society Inc.
PO Box 7367
Melbourne VIC 3004


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Registration as a Charity

The Richard Wagner Society Inc. is a recognised charity and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

You can view the Society’s details on the ACNC Register at the ACNC web site here: ACNC Register


Registration as an Incorporated Association

The Richard Wagner Society Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation.  It is registered with the Department of Consumer Affairs, Victoria as an Incorporated Association.

The registration number is: A0004004P


The Rules of The Richard Wagner Society are available here: Rules of the Society

Taxation Status

Tax Concessions

THE RICHARD WAGNER SOCIETY INCORPORATED, a Charitable Institution, is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office to access the following tax concessions:

GST Concession – 01 Jul 2005
FBT Rebate – 01 Jul 2005
Income Tax Exemption – 01 Jul 2000

ABN: 62 057 122 885

DGR Status

THE RICHARD WAGNER SOCIETY INCORPORATED operates the following funds, authorities or institutions. Gifts to these funds, authorities or institutions are tax deductible.


Recognised Charity

The Richard Wagner Society Inc. is a recognised charity and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

You can view the Society’s details on the ACNC Register at the ACNC web site here: ACNC Register

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