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Dear friends of the Wagner Society NSW 




A Wagner Society in NSW zoom event on Wednesday 4 May 2022


Wednesday 4 May 2022

12.30pm [AEST]: Zoom talk by Erica Miner from Seattle on
‘Berlioz and Wagner’


Erica Miner is an award-winning author, scriptwriter, lecturer and journal 

$10 AUD

Members of the public are most welcome!

Step 1: Registration: Those wishing to join the zoom session will need to register:

– by replying to this email or 

– by emailing us at 

Step 2: 
Payment of registration fee of $10 AUD by Sunday 1 May 2022 please

– to pay by electronic funds transfer from your bank – use your bank’s internet banking facilities to send your payment electronically – with your name – to Westpac Banking Corporation, Paddington Branch

Account name: The Wagner Society / BSB: 032040 / Account Number: 911323

– to pay by debit or credit card – an e-invoice enabling payment by card will be emailed on request


Step 3: Emailing of Zoom link: This will be emailed:

– on Monday 2 May to those who have registered and paid, 

– and again on the morning of the zoom.

About the talk

Wagner openly admired Berlioz and made frequent references to him in his writings. Berlioz, however, was much more reticent about Wagner. They attended each other’s performances, exchanged letters, and met on more than one occasion. Erica discusses the fascinating relationship between these eccentric masters, two of the most prominent geniuses of their time.

About Erica Miner

Former Metropolitan Opera Orchestra violinist Erica Miner is now an award-winning author, screenwriter, arts writer, and lecturer. 

She studied violin at Boston University, where she received her Mus. B, cum laude; at New England Conservatory of Music; and at Tanglewood Music Center, where she performed with such musical luminaries as Leonard Bernstein. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra for 21 years, Erica worked closely with distinguished maestro James Levine and other celebrated conductors. 


Erica’s lectures, seminars and workshops have received kudos on both coasts and on major cruise lines. She regularly presents opera lectures for Wagner Societies on both coasts, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Washington and University of California San Diego, and the Creative Retirement Institute at Edmonds College (Seattle North). 


As an author, Erica won the Fiction Prize in the Direct from the Author Book Awards for her debut novel ‘Travels with my Lovers’. Her ‘opera mystery’ novel series includes ‘Murder in the Pit’ (assassination and intrigue at the Metropolitan Opera); ‘Death by Opera’ (Santa Fe Opera); and ‘Staged for Murder’ (San Francisco Opera). Erica is also an active contributor to major arts websites and magazines.



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




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