WSNSW e-news 40



Anna-Louise Cole in conversation with Dr Robert Mitchell

Our recent zoom event was greatly enjoyed by around 40 members and friends. 

A video of the zoom is now available at on our YouTube channel. 



— Sunday 19 September 2021, at 1pm [AEST]: 2021 BBC’s Last night of the Proms with Stuart Skelton – and for 28 days after the broadcast


You can listen to a live concert recording of the Last night of the Proms (11 September 2021), on the ABC Classic website and for 28 days after broadcast: 

Details of the program which includes Wagner’s Im Treibhaus (Wesendonck-Lieder) and Prize Song (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg) 

You can also view part of Stuart’s performance (not Wagner) from the German television broadcast on Brian Castles-Onion’s YouTube channel, at 


— Sunday 19 September 2021 at 1pm [CEST]: Berlin State Opera’s concert live broadcast

Sydney time: 9pm, Sunday 19 September 2021

The live open-air concert with the Staatskapelle Berlin will be conducted by Daniel Barenboim and the Staatsopernchor will be conducted by Choir Director Martin Wright.The choir plays a central role this year: in 2021/22 it celebrates its 200th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the concert program includes great opera choruses from well-known works of the repertoire, such as Tannhäuser and Meistersinger, among others, followed by Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2. The concert will be streamed live on and

— Sunday 26 September 2021 at 4pm [ET]: WSNY’s Organ Recital of Transcriptions of Wagner Excerpts
 Performed by Patrick Allen, Organist

This program is free to all. It is presented in memory of Harry L. Wagner (1932–2020), a Charter Member of the Wagner Society New York and Editor of Wagner Notes, by a generous donation from an anonymous member.

The free program includes: Prelude from Tannhäuser, Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, Prelude from Der fliegende Holländer, and Finale (Walhall Scene) from Das Rheingold.

These excerpts were transcribed by Edwin H. Lemare (1865-1934), one of the greatest organists of his era. They are notable for their emotion, dynamics, and color.

Patrick Allen is an organ and chamber music performer in the US and Europe. He has been organist and master of choristers at Grace Church since 2000 and is also organist at General Theological Seminary. The organ is the Bicentennial Organ, completed in 2013: a 77-stop, four manual mechanical action organ, built by Taylor and Boody Organbuilders

Advance reservations are required. Click here to register online now. Live stream information will be emailed to registrants ahead of time.


— New book: Disturbing the Universe: Wagner’s Musikdrama by David Vernon – published 16 September 2021 Paperback: $27.02, Kindle: $9.99
What is it that makes Wagner’s art so endlessly powerful? So influential, seductive and repellent? So simultaneously creative and destructive? And why does it continue to shock, thrill and disturb all those who encounter it?

In Disturbing the Universe, David Vernon probes – in his incisive, provocative style – each of Wagner’s mature works individually, from Der fliegende Holländer to Parsifal. He unpacks and interrogates the exquisite networks Wagner created through the radical development of opera into musikdrama.

Written in spirited and enticing prose, this book will appeal to Wagner addicts and connoisseurs as well as to novices and sceptics. It invites us all to look anew at a timeless and controversial art.

— The Wound That Will Never Heal by Paul Brian Heise

On 9 January 2021, Academica Press published Paul Heise’s allegorical interpretation of Richard Wagner’s The Ring of the Nibelung entitled The Wound That Will Never Heal. This is the product of a half century’s study that demonstrates the allegorical coherence of Wagner’s Ring. His book’s introduction was written by the late Roger Scruton (The Ring of Truth, 2016).

This book is now available in hardback from Amazon. You can purchase the book directly from Amazon here (£99.50) Or, drop Paul and email here and he’ll send you a discount code that can be redeemed directly with the publisher, Academica Press.

— Richard Wagner Society of Victoria:

Wagner, Schumann, and the other Tristan by Peter Bassett 

Bellowings at Fate and Death: Wagner, Opera, Stage Directors and the Future, a lecture for the Richard Wagner Society (Victoria) by Greg Eldridge (stage director) 

Our Marj, the Amazing Story of Marjorie Lawrence 

From the Ring to Parsifal by Peter Bassett 

— Richard Wagner Society of South Australia:

Newsletter 316 August/September 2021

— Wagner Society in Queensland:

My fifty years with Wagner, Reminiscences by Tasmanian member, Roger Glynn-Connolly 

A Wonderful Experience: Parsifal’ in an Unusual Place by Colin Mackerras 

Australia’s first singer at the Bayreuth Festival by Peter Bassett

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