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The New York Festival of Song-Next concert from April 14, featuring recent work by our friend, librettist & lyricist Mark Campbell, is now available to stream. This is a wonderful program of Covid-era songs, arias and ensembles with words written by one of the world's preeminent contemporary librettists, and includes interviews with Mark between performances. One of the most beautiful works is a song about a tomato(!), which Mark and composer Daron Hagen essentially wrote on a dare! The fascinating backstory, text and a video of an early performance of Pomodoro can be found here.

Our distinguished guest for the second discussion in our Conversations Series was the incredible American Wagnerian soprano, Christine Goerke, on March 29. We had a wonderful, fun and inspiring discussion, and those attending we able to interact directly with Heldenmommy. If you missed it, you can experience the entire hour on our YouTube channel (bourbon optional).

Vegas City Opera has posted their mini-Ring on their YouTube channel - all 4 operas, abbreviated to less than an hour each, and set (appropriately) in and around the city of Las Vegas. It's inventive, kitschy - and fun! 

Tsovinar Suflyan, a pianist and producer who has been been performing regularly at the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne on his original Erard grand piano from 1858, has released a video clip, Wagner's Abendstern. It's a lovely 4-minute performance.

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Happenings Elsewhere:

The following are listed roughly in chronological order based upon when a live performance will be available (either via livestream or as performed in real time in a venue - remember those?), or when a recording (audio + video, or sometimes audio only) will be first accessible to stream or download:

The Wagner Society (London, U.K.) has announced an ambitious calendar of virtual events through July of 2021. (NOTE: London is 6 hours ahead of Central Time.)

OperaVision is streaming Klapedia State Music Theatre's production of Der Fliegende Holländer beginning April 2 at 12 PM CDT.

Chicago Lyric Opera has made their 2017 production of Die Walküre available to stream (audio only). The outstanding cast features our friend, Christine Goerke, as Brünnhilde.

Our friends at St Croix Valley Opera in Stillwater are hosting their next At Home concert on April 15 at 7 PM, featuring Brian Wallin and Nathan Cicero. SCVO's At Home series has been very popular during the pandemic, and your $20 ticket helps support SCVO and our local artists!

The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. is hosting Saul Lilienstein: Wagner and God on April 15 . In addition, WSWDC has made seven videos of their past lectures available for streaming on demand. Topics such as Wagner: A Voyage of Self-Discovery through Beethoven and Wagner's Music Dramas and the Jews make WSWDC's fascinating lectures irresistible!

Our friend, Francesca Zambello, is giving a talk hosted by the Wagner Society of Santa Fe on April 16 at 12 PM CDT. 'Cesca will  describe magical moments she has experienced directing Wagner operas, and discuss the excitement and challenges of the post-COVID opera world. While no reservations are required for this Zoom webinar, only the first 95 users that link into will be able to view 'Cesca's presentation.

On April 17 at 11 AM PDT, Oper Leipzig is presenting The Ring in One Evening. I'm not 100% certain, but I believe this is a program of excerpts from the 2019 production of the full Ring Cycle - which I saw in Leipzig in May of that year - rather than a performance of an abbreviated "Mini-Ring." Email me if you have questions about the production, and I'll do my best to answer them.

The Boston Wagner Society is presenting The Labyrinth of Time, with international pianist and lecturer Jeffrey Swann on April 17 at 2 PM CDT. Maestro Swann will speak about the significance of the Norns in Götterdämmerung and perform his own arrangement of their music. They are also hosting a concert with renowned Heldentenor Stefan Vinke, dramatic soprano Sabine Vinke, and pianist/conductor Rainer Armbrust, on April 25 at 1 PM CDT.  The program includes Senta's Ballad, Erik's cavatina, Elsa's Dream, solo piano from Act 2 of Lohengrin, "In fernem Land" from Lohengrin, and a long excerpt from the end of Act 3 of Siegfried.

Vienna State Opera is streaming their new production of Parsifal, beginning at 7 AM CDT on April 18 on ARTE Concert. Details here (in German only; the English page is not set up). There is also a very fascinating interview with the director, who directed the entire production remotely from house arrest in Russia(!), and a preview of this innovative production (set in a prison!) available here. (You may need to turn on CC-closed caption in your YouTube settings to enable English subtitles.)

Also on April 18, but at 1 PM CDT, the Triangle Wagner Society (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC) has published their event schedule for the first half of this year, with the next event, Jeff Buller on “Man Goes on a Journey, or A Stranger Comes to Town: The Theme of the Journey in Wagner.” To register, contact Martha Dimes.

On April 19 beginning at 6:30 PM (through 5:30 PM on April 20), the Metropolitan Opera will be streaming their very traditional production of Lohengrin, filmed in 1986, with Peter Hoffman, Eva Marton, and Leonie Rysanek, and conducted by James Levine.

On April 23 beginning at 6:30 AM CDT, the magnificent Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin is presenting a free and fascinating symposium, Marx and Wagner - Capitalism and German Sentiment. This symposium is being offered in advance of the museum's major 2022 exhibitions on Marx and Wagner. To register, send an  email to

Our recent guest for A Conversation with Christine Goerke (March 29) will be a featured performer for the next Met Stars Live in Concert program, Wagnerians in Concert, beginning live at noon on May 8, with the recording available to stream for 14 days thereafter. Tickets are $20 per screen. The program is nearly all Wagner, and of course it's a great way to hear Heldenmommy perform live again! (It's been way too long, hasn't it?)

The Wagner Society of New York is presenting a Recital by Helena Brown, soprano on May 16.

The Wagner Society of Southern California is hosting a celebration of Wagner's 208th birthday, The Perfect Wagnerite, a tribute to Stefan Mickisch on May 23 at 3 PM CDT.

Other Organizations

An Opera Theatre (Minneapolis, MN)

Bayreuth Festival (Bayreuth, Germany)

Des Moines Metro Opera (Indianola, IA)

Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

English National Opera, (, UK)

Glimmerglass Festival (Cooperstown, NY)

Houston Grand Opera (Houston, TX)

International Association of Wagner Societies (Berlin, Germany)

Long Beach Opera (Long Beach, CA)

Los Angeles Opera (Los Angeles, CA)

Lyric Opera of Chicago (Chicago, IL)

Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY)

Minnesota Opera (Minneapolis, MN)

Opera Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

OperaVision (European Union)

St. Croix Valley Opera (Stillwater, MN)

San Diego Opera (San Diego, CA)

San Francisco Opera (San Francisco, CA)

Santa Fe Opera (Santa Fe, NM)

Seattle Opera (Seattle, WA)

Skylark Opera Theatre (St. Paul, MN)

Toronto Wagner Society (Toronto, ON)

Triangle Wagner Society (Raleigh-Durham, NC)

Vienna State Opera (Vienna, Austria)

Wagner Society of England (London, UK)

Wagner Society of New York (New York, NY)

Wagner Society of Northern California (San Francisco, CA)

Wagner Society of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. (Washington, DC)

Washington National Opera (Washington, DC)

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