WSNSW e-news 21


Wagner’s four-opera cycle Das Ring des Nibelungen contains a number of animal characters and references. What do you know about them?

WSNSW — OUR RECENT EVENT: Recital by Tamara-Anna Cislowska and celebration of the birthdays of Richard Wagner (208th) and the Wagner Society (40th), 23 May 2021

Our very special event in St Columba Community Centre, the first held there since February 2020, was attended by around 100 very enthusiastic members and friends. Details and photos to come soon in the June Quarterly.


— Berlin Electric Kabarett farewell show, 6pm – 9.30pm, Tuesday 8 June 2021 [AEST]

Tenor Brad Cooper and pianist Bev Kennedy will perform their final Berlin Electric Kabarett farewell show for a ‘wild Weimar fuelled evening of satire, hedonism, innuendo and gay abandon! Hurtle headfirst into the music of Spoliansky, Holländer, Korngold, Weill, Eisler, Mackeben and more’. The Wagner Society NSW sponsored Brad for coaching with legendary Wagnerian tenor Siegfried Jerusalem, to prepare Lohengrin to understudy for Opera Australia. Brad is about to embark on a long dreamed of project: performing the lead role of Florestan in Beethoven’s opera Fidelio for Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. This engagement came out of the blue early in March 2020 when Siegfried Jerusalem recommended him for the role. Brad is thrilled that these performances have been rescheduled, and leaves Sydney on 9 June for August performances of Fidelio.

Venue: Claire’s Kitchen at Le Salon, 35 Oxford Street, Surry Hills

Price for dinner and show: $92 pp



— Concordia Ensembles Athalia by Handel, 7pm – 8.40pm, Friday 11 June 2021 [AEST]

Concordia Ensemble abridges the performance to 1 hour and 30 minutes. The performance will also feature insert arias from Handel’s other works including Jeptha, Theodora, Israel in Egypt, The Occasional Oratorio and Esther.

Venue: St Stephens Church, 197 Macquarie Street, Sydney

Admission:  General $25, Student or Pensioner $15


Pacific Opera’s Pocket Opera double bill: Fidelio by Beethoven and Der Rosenkavalier by Richard Strauss, at Darlington, 5.00pm, Saturday 12 June 2021 [AEST] 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 Lucretia by Britten, at Darlington, 5.00pm, Sunday 13 June 2021 [AEST] 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.


— The Cooperative’s Tosca by Puccini, 7.30pm, Thursday 17 and Saturday 19 June 2021 [AEST]

Venue: Pitt Street Uniting Church, 264 Pitt Street, Sydney

Admission: Pay-as-you-feel, online or at the door. Cash and card donation options at the door. Booking:

We encourage you to book in advance. Doors will open 15 minutes prior to the performance, and seating is unreserved.


— WS Washington DC – Virtual Wagner Weekend – Lohengrin Part 1 – 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 5 June 2021 [ET]

— WS Washington DC – Virtual Wagner Weekend – Lohengrin Part 2 – 2pm – 5pm, Saturday 12 June 2021 [ET]


Webinar registration:


— Melbourne Opera’s Macbeth, captured live on 26 May 2021

This recording will be available for 72 hours from the time of purchase. Price: $34.00 AUD 

Conductor: Greg Hocking & Raymond Lawrence.
Director: Bruce Beresford.
Starring: Helena Dix, Simon Meadows, Samuel Sakker, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, Adrian Tamburini, Robert Macfarlane, Michael Dimovski, Eleanor Greenwood, and Alex Pokryshevsky.


— WSNY: Maestro Eve Queler and Rienzi, 30 April 2021

This program, with photos, clips and performances of arias from Rienzi by Jeremy Brauner and Mary Ann Stewart, provides a discussion of Wagner’s early opera and its performances by Opera Orchestra of New York under Maestro Queler from 1980 to 2012.

Click here to watch this presentation on YouTube.

— WSNY: Professor Robinson discussed “The Russian Parsifal?: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and The Invisible City of Kitezh, 28 February 2021

This talk, with musical and visual examples from both The Invisible City of Kitezh and Parsifal, provides an in depth look into the influence of Wagner’s style on Rimsky-Korsakov and on other Russian composers.

Click here to view the lecture.

— WSNY: New Year’s Concert, 10 January 2021

A concert by Jeffrey Swann, internationally renowned pianist, recorded by Matt Berman in Mr Swann’s home on 9 January 2021 and presented as a Zoom event on 10 January.  Mr Swann provided background about each piece, and he created the transcription of the final selection: the “love duet” from Tristan, Act II.  F Peter Phillips, WSNY Secretary, introduced the event.

This event is now on YouTube: click here to watch.


— The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia: latest newsletter [May]

— Friends of Bayreuth: 2021 Letter III


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