Saul Lilienstein: Wagner on the Mind in Eastern Europe

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 7:30 pm
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)

A former student of Leonard Bernstein, Saul Lilienstein has served as Director of the Handel Choir of Baltimore and the Harford Choral Society and, for many years, as Artistic Director and Conductor of Maryland’s Harford Opera Theatre and then of Operetta Renaissance in Baltimore. He received WSWDC's Wagner Award in 2005.

Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. RSVP online here or call 703-370-1923.

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
  • 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!

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!