American Wagner Project Concert at the Swiss Embassy!

Thursday, March 8, 2018, 6:00 pm
The Swiss Residence
2900 Cathedral Avenue NW, Washington, DC

We are honored to have the Ambassador of Switzerland host our fourth annual American Wagner Project Concert, featuring singers from the 2017 summer training sessions. They will perform selections from Die Meistersinger, Die Walküre, and Parsifal, as well as two Lieder by Wagner. Betty Bullock will accompany on piano.

Tickets are $100, which includes a buffet dinner after the concert. Click here for complete details, including a registration form you may submit with payment by mail. You may also register by calling 703-370-1923, or register online using the form below.

The American Wagner Project (AWP) was established in 2013 as a partnership between WSWDC and Dolora Zajick’s Institute for Young Dramatic Voices. The AWP is headed by acclaimed soprano Luana DeVol in collaboration with WSWDC’s Maestro John Edward Niles.

AWP Concert at Swiss Embassy 2018

Renew Your WSWDC Membership for 2018!

If you have not yet joined WSWDC or renewed your membership, there is no better time than in our 20th Anniversary Year! Click here to renew online or to download and print the 2018 membership form.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2018: Tristan und Isolde

Our 18th Annual Weekend Retreat (Members-only event)

Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, 2017
Cacapon Resort State Park
Berkeley Springs, WV

Having studied all ten of Richard Wagner’s mature operas, we are now taking a second look at his most ground-breaking. We will have the privilege of an in-depth journey into Tristan und Isolde guided by our “dream team” presenters:
Pianist Jeffrey Swann offers his prized lecture-demonstrations at the piano. An internationally known concert pianist, he is known from previous Wildnis weekends, his concert performances for the Wagner Society of Washington, DC, his talk for the Smithsonian's Tristan und Isolde seminar in 2004, and his lectures at Bayreuth.
Professor Simon Williams, recently retired from the University of California at Santa Barbara, presents his insightful lectures on Wagner and drama. His latest books: Wagner and the Romantic Hero, now in paperback, A History of German Theatre, and in 2015, The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stage Actors and Acting.

Cacapon Resort State Park, near Berkeley Springs, WV, is a two-hour drive from downtown Washington. Car pools can be arranged. Click here for a virtual tour.

Registration and payment deadline is March 15. Click here for complete details, including a registration form you may print and submit by mail, or use the button below to register and pay online.

Wagner in der Wildnis 2018

Bayreuth Tickets for 2018!!

Yes, you read that correctly! WSWDC has once again been able to secure tickets to this year's Bayreuth Festival, and we are making them available to MEMBERS ONLY. The deadline to apply is March 15.

Demand for tickets this year will far exceed supply, so many who apply may have to wait until a future year to qualify! Dates are August 24 to 29 for Tristan, Parsifal, Flying Dutchman, Meistersinger, and Die Walküre.

Click here for complete details, including the purchase agreement, which you must sign and submit with your order. In addition, a $500 deposit is required for each set of tickets. You may include the deposit when you submit the agreement form by mail, or you may use the button below to make the deposit online.

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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!

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!