Verna Parino, who in her lifetime had seen 76 Ring Performances including the 2013 Melbourne Ring

Verna Parino 1916-2015
In Melbourne we remember Verna with great fondness for she was always a lively, articulate conversationalist at many events associated with the 2013 Ring. As we recall Verna celebrated her 97th birthday on the day of Siegfried and one of our members gave her a special birthday afternoon tea. Many Wagnerians in our two societies would have enjoyed the article about her 97th birthday wish although a naked man emerged from a cave instead of a cake and I am sure it delighted Verna too. I had a faint hope she would make our 2016 Melbourne Ring but the indications were not good and now we have this sad news. Verna’s influence will continue for she was a lovely lady and a wonderful Wagnerian.   

Shirley Breese
The Richard Wagner Society



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