Wagner Society in NSW – Special Wagner seminars in July and August

Here is a special invitation from the Wagner Society of NSW to members of the Wagner Society (Victoria).

Please note that payment for the following seminars will be at the door.  However, to organise sufficient refreshments, it would be greatly appreciated if members planning to attend would please email the Membership Secretary, Jenny.Edwards@uts.edu.au

The next 2 months will be very busy for all Wagner lovers, with performances of two of Wagner’s major operas.

First, Melbourne Opera is performing Lohengrin at the Regent Theatre, August 7, 10, and 12 and Monash University on August 19.  It stars Rumanian tenor Marius Vlad and introduces Melbourne soprano Helena Dix, now with the Met, in her role debut as Elsa.

Second, Opera Australia is presenting in the Concert Hall on August 9, 12 and 14 a semi-staged production of Parsifal.  It stars the wonderful Jonas Kaufmann as Parsifal, Michelle de Young as Kundry and WS member Warwick Fyfe as Klingsor.


The Wagner Society in NSW is providing 2 long seminars so members and guests can appreciate the significance of these operas and enjoy the highlights.  $40 for members, $45 for guests.  Refreshments will be provided.


On July 30, from 1pm to 5 pm, at the Goethe Institut, 90 Ocean St Woollahra, just 10 days before the first performance, the popular Dr David Larkin is presenting an introduction to Parsifal.

David will introduce some significant musical excerpts from this fascinating opera.

David, who has presented to the Wagner Society three times, is a lecturer in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specialising in nineteenth-century music.

His research interests are centred on the works and aesthetics of Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt, and Richard Wagner.

His work has appeared in The Musical QuarterlyMusic and LettersNineteenth-Century Music Review and The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss.  He gives informative and entertaining pre-concert talks for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and for Musica Viva, and to opera societies around Sydney and regularly reviews concerts and opera performances for Bachtrack and the Australian Book Review’s Arts Update.


On August 13, 1-5 pm at Willoughby Uniting Church, 10 Clanwilliam St Willoughby

Dr Antony Ernst, one of our most popular presenters is a director, dramaturg, lecturer and arts administrator who has worked with companies and universities in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and America.  He started as a dramaturg with Opera Australia, has worked as a house director in Dresden, Düsseldorf and Rome.  Since 2011 Antony has been Manager of Artistic Planning for the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra in France.

Antony has been thinking about the characteristics of Lohengrin.

For those of us making the journey to Melbourne for this exciting staging (last year’s Tannhauser was much praised), and for others keen on the beautiful music from this opera, this will be a chance to hear Antony’s always entertaining and thoughtful presentation, with accompanying music and videos.

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