Ring Report July 2016

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This Ring Report may help you extend your enjoyment of Wagner in this Ring year by alerting you to RWS and other events to be held in Melbourne.

 1. “Conducting Wagner” Sunday 24 July at 2pm in Flockart Hall MLC.  Patrick Burns, Conductor.

Continuing our tradition for the winter event to be presented by a member of the Society Patrick Burns will present “Conducting Wagner”. He had recent competition success after being awarded the Jury’s Special Prize in the 2015 Blue Danube International Opera Conducting Competition at the Bulgarian State Opera House in Rousse. Patrick returned to Bulgaria in 2016 to conduct performances of Verdi’s Nabucco and Puccini’s Turandot in Rousse also conducting a symphonic concert with the Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra in Bulgaria which included Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll. Information and bookings will be sent to members and on the RWS website next week.

2. Exclusive RWS Members Ring Production insight Sunday 31 July 2-3pm Opera Australia Centre Southbank.

An insight into the Melbourne Ring Production only for members of The RWS in recognition of Society support for Ring artists Liane Keegan and Bradley Daley. Invitation and details will be sent to members at a later date.

3. Meet Tony Legge Monday 15 August 6pm Room 216 MCM Music Building, St.Kilda Road Southbank.

A presentation by Tony Legge, the Assistant Musical Director OA for RWS members and friends which will be of interest to those attending the Ring and a wider audience with an interest in Wagner. Information and bookings will be on the RWS website at a later date.

4. Tannhäuser Melbourne Opera Regent Theatre, Melbourne: 12 August 2016, 17 August 2016 and 20 August 2016 and Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University: 27 August 2016.

More information: http://www.melbourneopera.com/events/tannhauser

5. Explore the world of Richard Wagner Friday 18 November 2016 6pm

Preceding Opera Australia’s ‘Ring Cycle’, pianist Alex Raineri and Wagner scholar and author Peter Bassett present a program exploring the world of Richard Wagner through his letters and music, tracing his connections with some of his contemporaries and followers. Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and PB Publications Pty Ltd.

Book at: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/2016/bassett-and-raineri/

6. The Bookends of Wagner’s Ring Cycle Friday, 18 November 2016 8.00pm, Habitat 2 Mont Albert Rd, Canterbury, Melbourne Presenter Sally Kester

The mythic background of the Ring will be discussed in detail, as well as the music examples and how they express the motifs. There will also be a brief introduction to the evolution of the Ring in Wagner’s creative output, and an outline of the psychological problem which generates the action of the cycle.  Presented by the Jung Society.  Further information: http://www.jungsocietymelbourne.com/2016-november/

7. The Twilight of the God: a Psychological View of The Ring Sunday, 20 November 2016 Workshop  10.00am-4.00pm  Venue: Caulfield Park Pavilion, 280 Balaclava Road CAULFIELD 3161 Presented by the Jung Society.

This presentation views the cycle as Wotan’s tragedy: his continuous poor choices lead to his decline and fall, and therefore ensure the twilight of all the gods. The characters are considered not only as themselves but also psychologically as carrying projected parts of Wotan: his masculine and feminine, light and dark, action and inertia, power and love. They thus belong both to the light, airy world of conscious motivation, and also to the dragon toothed subterranean world of the unconscious. Musical examples will illustrate.  Further information: http://www.jungsocietymelbourne.com/2016-the-ring/

8. Exploring the Ring. Professor Heath Lees 2016 Melbourne Ring Cycle Pre-opera Presentations at the Melbourne Recital Centre Conducted by The Richard Wagner Society. Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office +61 (0)3 9699 3333 or http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/events/series/exploring-the-ring-cycle-talks/

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Die Walküre

Siegfried

Götterdämmerung

Das Rheingold

Die Walküre

Siegfried

Götterdämmerung

Das Rheingold

Die Walküre

Siegfried

Götterdämmerung

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9. Simone Young conducts Wagner and Bruckner Thursday 1 December, 8pm Saturday 3 December, 8pm

Simone Young, devoted Wagnerian and Brucknerian, returns to the MSO to conduct the final works by these composers. From Wagner’s Parsifal comes a generous portion of Act II, with Australian Heldentenor Stuart Skelton as Parsifal and American mezzo-soprano Michelle de Young as Kundry. After the interval, Bruckner’s Symphony No.9. The dedication of his Symphony No.3 didn’t spare the praise: ‘To the eminent Excellency Richard Wagner the Unattainable, World- Famous, and Exalted Master of Poetry and Music, in Deepest Reverence Dedicated by Anton Bruckner’. Book at: https://tickets.mso.com.au/booking/production/syos/1521  for Thursday or for Saturday https://tickets.mso.com.au/booking/production/syos/1587

 

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