ALL NEW: 2016 WSWDC Newsletter!

Hot off the presses! We've all been waiting for the latest newsletter from WSWDC, and you can read it now before it arrives in your snail-mailbox! This beautifully produced document contains a sneak peek at upcoming activities, a retrospective of our 2015-16 events, a look back at the WNO Ring, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, and much, much more!

Click here to download, print, or read online!

Saul Lilienstein Lecture: SOLD OUT!!

THIS EVENT IS FULL.

Thursday, December 8, 2016, 7:30 pm
Goethe-Institut
1990 K Street, NW, Suite 3 (enter on 20th Street lower level)
Metro to Farragut West (Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) or Farragut North (Red Line)

The impact of these three creative minds defines a Germanic genius, from the mid-19th century and into the early 20th century. Lilienstein will explore Richard Wagner’s seminal influence on Mann’s writing and on Mahler’s music. Thomas Mann found additional sources of inspiration in Wagner’s probing music dramas and Mahler’s conflicted symphonic struggles. These catalysts triggered the imagination of a great writer. Explore the richness of the profound relationship between the music we love and the literature it inspired.

Jim Holman on WETA: Wagner's Ring for Beginners!

Photo Credit: WETA

WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman was recently interviewed by WETA's Marilyn Cooley on the subject of Wagner's Ring. Jim guided her--and her listeners--through the story and background of this major work of Western art. Click here to listen to the full interview!

Massive Playbill for the WNO Ring!

Click here to view online and here to download the PDF! This special 100-page issue contains articles, synopses, artist interviews, event schedules -- AND an ad from WSWDC (p. 37)! We share the page with Placido Domingo!

 

WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin on The Ring

Click here to read the article in Washington National Opera's blog, WNO Notebook!

WSWDC Attends Jennifer Wilson's Met Debut!

Jennifer Wilson, an alumna of WSWDC's Emerging Singers Program (now the American Wagner Project), sang the title role in the Zeffirelli production of Puccini's Turandot at the Metropolitan Opera on November 12, 2015! WSWDC members were in attendance for the big event! Click here for additional photos on WSWDC's Facebook page! Congratulations, Jennifer!

Issachah Savage Interview on WETA!

Classical WETA’s Marilyn Cooley recently spoke with Issachah Savage about his background and training and the first time he met the late soprano, Evelyn Lear. Issachah, as we know, is singing the title role in Wagner's rarely-performed opera, Rienzi, presented by the National Philharmonic in partnership with WSWDC.

Hear the full interview here! 

1st Annual American Wagner Project Concert!

Our inaugural AWP Concert took place on April 26, 2015, at the National Cathedral School here in Washington, DC. The concert featured three young Wagnerian graduates of the AWP program: Lauren Decker (mezzo soprano), Gregory Frens (tenor), and Eudora Brown (soprano). They performed selections from Das RheingoldTannhäuser, Parsifal, the Wesendonck Lieder, and Die Walküre.

Left to right: AWP Artistic Director Luana DeVol, Lauren Decker, Gregory Frens, pianist Betty Bullock, Eudora Brown, and Dolora Zajick, founder of the Institute for Young Dramatic Voices, WSWDC's partner in the AWP.

John Pohanka: Wagner 101!

John Pohanka, WSWDC Board Member and author of Wagner the Mystic, recently gave a lecture, "Wagner 101," to members of the 4 Arts Society of Palm Beach, Florida. Click here to view a video recording!

Issachah Savage Makes Canadian Debut in Die Walküre!

Congratulations to Issachah Savage, WSWDC's protégé in the American Wagner Project! Issachah recently made his Canadian debut as Siegmund in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Die Walküre.

"Yesterday Savage sang the third performance and, in so doing, has secured his reputation as a major contender for star status among dramatic tenors worldwide." -- Neil Crory, Musical Toronto

Click here and here for additional details, and click here to view Issachah's website!