WSNSW e-news 22



Dear friends of the Wagner Society NSW 




Sunday 27 March 2022

12.30pm [AEDT]: DVD – Silent Wagner: The Life and Works of Richard Wagner‘ 

2.00pm [AEDT]: Talk by Ralph Myers
[Designer of the Aix en Provence Tristan und Isolde
on ‘Isolde in Aix’

including refreshments/drinks/afternoon tea

$25 members / $35 non-members / $10 full-time students

Goethe Institut
Event Hall (upstairs)
90 Ocean Street (cnr Jersey Road)

Members of the public are most welcome!


1: If you plan to attend, please advise if you will be attending: 

  • by replying to this email or
  • by emailing us at or 
  • by registering via this event on our facebook page.

    This is important – we need to know how many will be attending for the purposes of Covid-19 regulations and catering


2: Payment at the door


Optional pre-payment: by using your bank’s internet banking facilities to send your payment electronically – listing your name – to Westpac Banking Corporation, Paddington NSW Branch.
Account name: The Wagner Society / BSB: 032040 / Account Number: 911323

3. Keeping you safe: please do the following:
— face masks are encouraged
— please don’t attend if you feel unwell / are displaying any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health / are required to self-isolate or quarantine.

About the film Silent Wagner: The Life and Works of Richard Wagner


The film ‘The Life and Works of Richard Wagner’, directed by Carl Fröhlich, was first released on 20th November 1913. It was the first ever ‘bio-pic’, and as such about who else but Wagner? What is extraordinary, however, is that it predates D.W.Griffiths and ‘Birth of a Nation’ (1915), usually described as the first ‘long’ silent, at a time when the great majority of silents ran for 10 minutes at most. Fröhlich’s film runs for over 80 minutes. The DVD includes commentary from Tony Palmer, acclaimed director of the 1983 TV series about Wagner, starring Richard Burton.

About Ralph Myers

Ralph Myers was born in Australia in 1979. From 2011 to 2015 he worked as artistic director for the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, one of the most important theatres in Australia. During his time as director he engaged Simon Stone as in-house director and developed numerous stage designs for him. As stage designer he worked in Australia and England with several important Australian directors, such as Neil Armfield, Benedict Andrews and Barrie Kosky in the areas of dance, circus, film and opera. During the 2005/06 season he served as resident designer for the Sydney Theatre Company. In addition to his work as stage designer, Ralph Myers also stages his own productions, most recently his own play «The Cat/The Dog» at the Belvoir Street Theatre. In 2021 Ralph worked with Simon Stone and Sir Simon Rattle on a bold new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Aix-en-Provence Summer Festival. The September Wagner Quarterly had reviews and photos of the production, which starred Stuart Skelton and Nina Stemme.



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