WSNSW e-news 3

Dear Wagner Society friends

(1)     First zoom event for 2021

Thirty-four members and friends – including ones from Western Australia, New Zealand and England – greatly enjoyed the zoom session ‘Susan Bullock CBE in conversation with Dr Robert Mitchell’ at 8pm on Thursday 28 January. Details will appear in the next Quarterly.



(2) NEXT EVENT: American dramatic soprano Lise Lindstrom, by zoom from London, in conversation with Dr Robert Mitchell – 8.00pm, Thursday 11 February [AEST]

Registration: Those wishing to join the Zoom session will need to register – by replying to this email or by emailing Lis Bergmann at this email address or by emailing us at Members of the public are welcome!

Donation: $10 – Our preferred payment method is to email an e-invoice to those who register, for payment by debit or credit card. Other payment methods – EFT, PayPal or cheque – are outlined at

Registration and donation: due by Wednesday 10 February 2021

 Zoom link: will be emailed before the event to those who have registered and donated by Wednesday 10 February 2021


(3)     Reminder: 2021 Membership subscriptions are due by 28 February 2021
Thank you to the members who have already renewed their 2021 membership subscriptions. For full details on subscriptions and how to pay by e-invoice, EFT or cheque, please see  

(4)    Changes to program of events 2021
Sunday 7 March: Concert with pianist Bradley Gilchrist and others
Sunday 23 May: AGM / Special event to celebrate 40 years since Wagner lovers met in Bayreuth & agreed to start a Wagner Society in Australia / Wagner’s birthday drinks

The current program is available online at

(5)        WSNSW Zoom events in 2020
You can view the photographic record of our 2020 zoom events on the Society’s website at

(6)       WSNSW YouTube channel
Do check out the channel at where we hope to add videos of some of our zoom events.

We now have 39 subscribers (four months ago there were only 11 subscribers) so thank you to everyone who has subscribed.

The Beethoven quartet ‘Mir ist so wunderbar’ from ‘Fidelio’, performed by Maestro Anthony Negus, Emily Turner, Laura Scandizzo, Timothy Nunn & Hamish James at the memorial concert for The Hon Jane Mathews AO – at – has now received 137 views.

And a second video has now passed the 100-view milestone: a live performance of the Siegmund & Sieglinde duet from Act 1 of ‘Die Walküre’ by Stuart Skelton and Samantha Crawford – at – with 106 views. Samantha kindly allowed the video to be uploaded to the Society’s channel.

(7)       WSNSW facebook page
Do check out our facebook page too at – recent posts include final rehearsals for Melbourne’s ‘Das Rheingold’, updates for Tabatha McFadyen, Deborah Humble and Brad Cooper, the 2021 Bayreuth Festival program, the Dane Lam masterclass, Pacific Opera events and Warwick Fyfe rehearsing for ‘Das Rheingold’ – not to mention our own events.



Members will no doubt be aware of the release of the 2021 Bayreuth Festival program, which is set out below. At this stage we have received very little other information. It would be interesting to learn – by replying to this email please – any members who would be prepared to travel to Bayreuth for the Festival, although at the moment that is no doubt an unlikely proposition.

Schedule of performances

25th July • Der fliegende Holländer • Premiere

26th July • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

27th July • Tannhäuser

29th July • Die Walküre

31st July • Der fliegende Holländer

1st August • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

2nd August • Tannhäuser

3rd August • Die Walküre

4th August • Der fliegende Holländer

5th August • Tannhäuser

7th August • Der fliegende Holländer

8th August • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

10th August • Parsifal • Concert

11th August • Der fliegende Holländer

12th August • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

13th August • Tannhäuser

14th August • Der fliegende Holländer

16th August • Tannhäuser

17th August • Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

19th August • Die Walküre

20th August • Der fliegende Holländer

22nd August • Concert


Some of these are repeated from our last e-news. 

Wednesday 3 February, 7.30pm [AEDT]: Das Rheingold – Live performance
Friday 5 February, 7.30pm [AEDT]: Das Rheingold – Live performance
Sunday 7 February, 4.00pm [AEDT]: Das Rheingold – Live performance
Melbourne Opera 


Sunday 7 February, 5.00am [AEDT]: Lohengrin – Free streaming until 6.59pm, Monday 8 February [AEDT]

San Francisco Opera

Starring Brandon Jovanovich, Camilla Nylund, Petra Lang, and Gerd Grochowski. Our opera streams are free and accessible to everyone on our website. Log in or register with your email address. Then, click the play button on the video player and enjoy!


Sunday 7 February, 4.00pm [AEDT]: Das Rheingold – Live streaming 

Melbourne Opera

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall (MDCH) – 

Please note that Melbourne Opera has kindly offered to provide WSNSW members with a complimentary link to this live stream, which will be emailed to members.


Tuesday 9 February, 11.30am [AEDT]: Das Rheingold – Free streaming until 10.30am Wednesday 10 February [AEDT]

Met Opera 

Starring Wendy Bryn Harmer, Stephanie Blythe, Patricia Bardon, Richard Croft, Gerhard Siegel, Dwayne Croft, Bryn Terfel, Eric Owens, Franz-Josef Selig, and Hans-Peter König, conducted by James Levine. Production by Robert Lepage. From 9 October 2010.

Thursday 11 February, 2.45am – 9.00am [AEDT] –  A Symposium on The Next Normal: Arts Innovation and Resilience in a Post-COVID World – Free via virtual concert hall

Johns Hopkins, The Peabody Institute

Free to attend; registration is required. Additional information and details are available at

Monday 15 February, 5.30am [AEDT]: The Chorus in Wagner’s Operas – Free by Zoom

WS Scotland

Talk by John Anderton

Free to RWVI members (which includes WSNSW) and visitors. To book a place in the talk, go to

Monday 15 February, 11.30am [AEDT]: Die Walküre – Free streaming until 10.30am, Tuesday 16 February [AEDT]

Met Opera

Starring Hildegard Behrens, Jessye Norman, Christa Ludwig, Gary Lakes, James Morris, and Kurt Moll, conducted by James Levine. Production by Otto Schenk. From 8 April 1989.

Monday 29 February, 7.00am [AEDT]: The Russian Parsifal: Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and The Invisible City of Kitezh – Zoom webinar 


Talk by Professor Harlow Robinson. 

Per-person registration fee will be $US7.00. Registration information coming soon at

Monday 1 March, 8.00am [AEDT): Karajan: Beauty as I see it – Film via Zoom

WS of Southern California

Non-Members are welcome to sign-up for events and will receive a Zoom link. Register at 



Monday 15 March, 5.30am [AEDT]: Liszt and Wagner: friends, relatives, influences – by Zoom
WS Scotland
Talk by Kevin Stephens. 

Free to RWVI members (which includes WSNSW) and visitors. To book a place in the talk, go to


A New Year’s Concert by Jeffrey Swann with works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Wagner (from Tristan, Act II), which was presented by WSNY as a gift to WSNY members on 10 January 2021 – YouTube

Masterclass with Stephen Gould, 11 December 2020 – YouTube
A renowned international Heldentenor, Gould coached three rising tenors, all Society awardees or grantees: Jeremy Brauner, Errin Duane Brooks, and Mauricio Trejo, accompanied by Craig Ketter, in six excerpts from the Wagner repertoire.
Available at 

Glimpse: The Fairies, a fantasia on Wagner’s Die Feen – YouTube
The Glimmerglass Festival 
Eric Owens narrating
Available at

The Wagner Journal Archive – Free online
The prestigious British Wagner Journal is now offering many of its archive editions free to access online at 

Warm regards from the President and Committee of Wagner Society NSW.