Bid Online in the 20th Anniversary Gala Auction!

On January 31, 2018, WSWDC will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a Gala at the Residence of the German Ambassador! The Gala will include an auction, and anyone--members and non-members alike--may place bids online whether or not they attend the Gala.

Click here for a copy of the Gala Auction Program--listing over 50 exciting and valuable items--and click here for instructions on email bidding and to view the latest bids!

Shop Amazon and Support WSWDC--At NO Additional Cost!

When you use Amazon for your holiday shopping--or ANY shopping throughout the year--SMILE and let Amazon donate a portion of what you spend to WSWDC ... at no additional cost to you! The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the organization of your choice! Here's all you need to do to designate WSWDC on AmazonSmile:

  • Use your regular Amazon login credentials to log onto Amazon at this web address:
  • Once you are logged in, Amazon will suggest an organization to receive a portion of what you spend on the site. The organization's name will appear in the upper left portion of your screen.
  • To change the organization to WSWDC, click the name of the organization with your mouse, and then click Change.
  • In the field that lets you pick your own charitable organization, enter Wagner Society of Washington DC and click Search.
  • When WSWDC appears in the search results, click Select. You need to do this only once. AmazonSmile will remember WSWDC each time you log in.

Remember that a portion of your spending will go to WSWDC only when you log onto Amazon using the web address.

Thank you for your support!!

Save the Dates in Early 2018!

You will not want to miss these exciting events! Mark your calendars NOW!!

  • WSWDC 20th Anniversary Gala, German Ambassador's Residence, Wednesday, January 31, 2018
  • American Wagner Project Concert, Embassy of Switzerland, Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Philippe Auguin lecture on Don Carlo, Goethe-Institut, Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Wagner in der Wildnis: Cacapon Resort State Park, June 1-3, 2018. Registration opens in January 2018.

Wildnis CDs: Parsifal -- Pre-Order NOW!!

WSWDC is getting ready to order CDs of this past summer's Wagner in der Wildnis lectures on Parsifal. We are taking pre-orders now to assess interest. Please use the form below to order online or send a check for $50 per set to WSWDC, PO Box 58213, Washington DC 20037.

Wildnis CDs: Parsifal (2017)

2017 WSWDC Newsletter

This beautifully produced document celebrates WSWDC's upcoming 20th anniversary and looks ahead to some of our special commemorative activities! It also contains a retrospective of our 2016-17 events, news on the American Wagner Project, updates on AWP singers, a report on this past year's Wildnis weekend, a look at changes at WNO, and much, much more!

Click here to download, print, or read online!

Lilienstein, Holman, and Auguin on DVD!

NEWS FLASH: Recent lectures now available! Click here for details!

Three New Sets of Wildnis Lectures Now Available Online!

We are happy to announce that audio recordings of WSWDC's Wagner in der Wildnis lectures on Tannhäuser (2008), Siegfried (2013), and Götterdämmerung (2014) are now available online! Click the titles to listen!

We now have a total of seven sets of Wildnis lectures archived--including the lectures on all four operas of the Ring--featuring insights from Pianist Jeffrey Swann, Professor Simon Williams, and WSWDC Chairman Jim Holman. WSWDC thanks longtime member Marc Nicholson for his efforts and support in facilitating and financing these valuable archives of artistic scholarship.

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!