— Met Opera Live Flying Dutchman – 11am, Wednesday 14 April [AEST] at Dendy Newtown

Evgeny Nikitin is the mysterious seafarer searching for salvation. Director François Girard, whose mesmerizing production of Parsifal recently wowed Met audiences, returns to stage Wagner’s eerie early masterwork. Valery Gergiev conducts.


— WSNSW’s Wagner at 40 concert, Parts 1 and 2 now available on YouTube

— R Wagner – F Liszt O du, mein holder Abendstern 

by Tsovinar Suflyan, 

now available

 on YouTube

The film is in honor of Richard Wagner’s work period in Lucerne (1866-1872) and has been released in April, the exact month when the composer left Bavaria for Lucerne 155 years ago, at . ‘As a pianist and producer, I am proud to be able to publish this video for this occasion. Since 2017, I have been performing regularly at the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne on his original Erard grand piano from 1858. The recording represents a highlight of my artistic activity in a very exceptional place for me. It is a great pleasure for me to join the Wagner society/Wagnerfamilie this way.’

Las Vegas City Opera’s Ring Cycle – a new digital production now available on YouTube The epic four-part tale has been condensed into the work’s highlights, totally reinvented with new digital engagement. It was produced for an internet-only audience and was most likely the only American Ring that was produced and performed in 2020 during the pandemic.  WS Northern California gave financial support.



A new Rosenkavalier from Bavarian State Opera in Munich


— A new Magic Flute from the Semperoper in Dresden

With René Pape and Klaus Florian Vogt


Talk on Wagner and God by Saul Lilienstein at 7.30pm on 15 April [EST]

Talk on Fairy Tale Operas and Humperdinck’s Dornröschen by stage director Jasmin Solfaghari at 1pm, 17 April [PT]

— Vienna State Opera’s Parsifal, premiering on 11 April, available free of charge from 2pm, 18 April [not AEST] for at least 30 days


, Ludovic Tezier, Georg Zeppenfeld and Wolfgang Koch will premiere under the musical direction of music director Philippe Jordan. Available Europe-wide on

Marx and Wagner – Capitalism and German Sentiment, a free online symposium at 1:30pm, 23 April [CET]

The Deutsches Historisches Museum is planning two major exhibitions in Berlin in 2022 – on Karl Marx and Richard Wagner.  As a taster, they have organised this free online symposium.  You will need to register in advance with“>  If you visit their website, you can download the brochure will full details of speakers and timings (in English). The event will be available subsequently on YouTube.

— Online recital by Stefan and Sabine Vinke at 2pm, 25 April [EDT]

— Met Stars Live in Concert, from 1pm, 8 May [ET] for two weeks

Sopranos Christine Goerke and Elza van den Heever, tenor Andreas Schager and baritone Michael Volle will perform a soaring program of music by Wagner and Strauss, live from the Hessisches Staatstheater in Wiesbaden, Germany. 

— Mahler’s Wagner at the Hofoper in Vienna, with Roger Neill – a zoom webinar at 6.30pm, 12 May [BST]

Wagner Society London – £10.00 

Roger Neill will explore the lasting influence of Gustav Mahler on the performance of Wagner, illustrating his talk with pioneering recordings of Mahler’s greatest singers. Mahler was a great champion of Wagner during his ten years as director of the Hofoper (1897-1907), conducting 648 performances himself (of 63 different operas), a quarter of them of Wagner.

Roger Neill has spoken to the Society (on Australian Singers of Wagner: The Known and Unknown in 2016). We supported the publication of his book, Divas, a biog of Madame Marchesi, many of whose students were Australian. He is the world authority on Australian singers. His book on the Simonsen family of opera singers is almost ready to launch. He produced a 4 CD set called From Melba to Sutherland, which he also launched for us at the Goethe.

Melba – her legacy in concert. Celebrating 160 years of an Australian icon, will be streamed at 7pm, 19 May [AEST] by Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 

This concert reflects her astonishing international career and is performed by Australian artists who have benefited from a program she established ‘so another Melba may arise’. One of the singers, Nathan Bryon, has been sponsored by the Society.



Michelle Ryan is an Australian soprano, and member of the WSNSW, who has been supported by the Society. While she has been overseas, Michelle has kept in touch with a number of students who also left Australia last year. You can read some of her interviews on her recently updated blog. The first entry is with fellow opera singer

based in London, and conductor

Brandt-Sawdy based in Amsterdam.

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






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