WSNSW e-news 16


WSNSW OUR RECENT EVENT: Professor Thea Brejzek’s talk on Adolphe Appia and the Emergence of Scenography, 18 April 2021

Our first event in the Goethe since October 2019 was very well attended and greatly enjoyed. More details to come in the June Quarterly.

Thea’s slides and video are now accessible on the WSNSW website.


WSNSW — VALE CHRISTA LUDWIG (16 March 1928 – 24 April 2021)

— A tribute to Christa Ludwig by Rainer Fineske, President of the Verband 





For Sale

 Individually or in lots

In excellent Condition


 Carreras, Pavarotti, Domingo, Sutherland, Bartoli, Te Kanawa, Norman, Battle, Bumbry, Vickers, Bernstein, Solti, Karajan, Kleiber, Previn, Abbado, Rubinstein, Haitink, Böhm, Rysanek, Fischer-Dieskau, Freni.

 Including Boulez and Levine Ring Cycles,Tannhäuser, Lohengrin.

Also works by

Bruckner, Beethoven, Mahler, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, Bartok, Strauss, Grieg, Debussy, SaintSaëns.

And including operas

Contact Joe for full list of collection on 041 2041 075

or email:

Elektra, Carmen, Eugene Onegin, Adriadne auf Naxos, Die Frau ohne Schatten, Macbeth,
La B
ohème, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Giovanni 




— SUSO Opera Gala at the Con, conducted by Stephen Mould, at Verbrugghen Hall, 7.00pm, Saturday 29 May 2021

SUSO, in collaboration with students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and guest conductor Stephen Mould, present an Opera Gala. The program includes highlights from:
VERDI’s La Forza del Destino
MOZART’s Die Zauberflöte
ROSSINI’s Il barbiere di Siviglia
OFFENBACH’s Les Contes D’Hoffmann
BIZET’s Carmen
STRAUSS’s Die Fledermaus
BIZET’s Carmen
WAGNER’s Das Rheingold – opening scene
MASCAGNI’s Cavalleria Rusticana
VERDI’s La Traviata

Ticket prices: General admission $25 / Concession $20 / USU members $15

Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Cnr Bridge & Macquarie Streets, Sydney

 Pacific Opera’s Pocket Opera double bill: Fidelio and Der Rosenkavalier, at Darlington, 5.00pm, Saturday 12 June 2021 – Tickets are in the form of a tax deductible donation and include a free drink on arrival. $40 for adults and $35 for students and pensioners. 



Pacific Opera’s The Rape of Lucia Pocket Opera, at Darlington, 5.00pm, Sunday 13 June 2021 – Tickets are in the form of a tax deductible donation and include a free drink on arrival. $40 for adults and $35 for students and pensioners. 


ROH Unmasked, until 23 May 2021 


The Jette Parker Young Artists, the Royal Opera Chorus and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House have teamed up to breathe new life into Royal Opera House spaces that have been empty this past year. Featuring beloved pieces from Britten, Mozart, Wagner, Puccini, Gounod and Verdi, ROH Unmasked has been filmed in spaces that are not traditionally used for performances, ranging from behind the scenes to on the roof! The music, settings and atmosphere of the performances mimic the experience of entering lockdown and emerging from it on the other side. This is juxtaposed with interviews with the Royal Opera House staff who usually work within the spaces. Featuring Filipe Manu, Alexandra Lowe, Blaise Malaba, Kiandra Howarth and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha alongside members of the Royal Opera Chorus, this film captures the reawakening spirit of everyone at the Royal Opera House as we return to live performance.



—  Zoom talk by Carmen Jakobi on directing Tristan und Isolde, for the Wagner Society, Manchester, 7.00pm, Monday 10 May 2021 [BST] (4.00am, Tuesday 11 May 2021 [AEST])
This talk is on Carmen’s production of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde a few years ago for the Longborough Festival Opera. Please join about 5 minutes before it starts. Attached is a pdf of some text from Tristan und Isolde which Carmen will be discussing. 

Meeting ID: 890 4402 0765 / Passcode: 997673


—  Zoom talk by Roger Neill: ‘Mahler’s Wagner at the Hofoper in Vienna’, for the Wagner Society in London, 6:30pm, Wednesday 12 May 2021 [BST]
“Mahler ‘s Wagner at the Hofoper in Vienna”, with Roger Neill – The Wagner Society
  – Cost: $5 for members of a Wagner Society, $10 for non-members.

— Met Opera’s Tristan und Isolde, 7.30pm, Wednesday 12 May 2021 [ET] – Starring Jane Eaglen, Katarina Dalayman, Ben Heppner, Hans-Joachim Ketelsen and René Pape, conducted by James Levine. Production by Dieter Dorn. From December 18, 1999. Available at 7:30PM ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM ET the following day.

— Met Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, 7.30pm, Thursday 13 May 2021 [ET] 
– Starring Renée Fleming, Christine Schäfer, Susan Graham, Eric Cutler, Thomas Allen and Kristinn Sigmundsson, conducted by Edo de Waart. Production by Nathaniel Merrill. From January 9, 2010.  Available at 7:30PM ET and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30PM ET the following day. 

— Bayerische Staatsoper’s Die Walküre, Act I, 8.15pm, Thursday 13 May 2021 [CEST]
This performance will be broadcast live via the internet as part of Staatsoper.TV and is available free of charge. With Lis Davidsen as Sieglinde, Jonas Kaufmann as Siegmund, and Georg Zeppenfeld as Hunding. Asher Fisch will conduct the concert performance.




— The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia 2021 newsletters

— WS Scotland – New YouTube channel – Some of the talks given over the past few months by the WS Scotland are now available to view on their new YouTube channel.

With warm regards from the President and Committee of Wagner Society in NSW.