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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 Holl√§nder beginning April 2 at 12 PM CDT.

Vienna State Opera's new production of Parsifal proved to be difficult to stream in the U.S. (unless you know how to manipulate your VPN), since ARTE typically blocks their streaming video from being distributed here. The complete performance from April 11 is available on YouTube, however, and this is a production well worth your time! You can also check out an 8.5-minute preview of this innovative production (in which Montsalvat is a prison!), including a fascinating interview with the director, Kirill Serebrennikov. (He miraculously directed the entire production remotely via his iPad from house arrest in Russia.) NOTE: You may need to turn on CC-closed caption in your YouTube settings to enable English subtitles.

The Triangle Wagner Society (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC) is hosting Wagner and Antisemitism, with Maestro William Henry Curry, on May 15, 2 PM. To register, contact Martha Dimes.

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.

The Wagner Society of Washington, D.C. is hosting a Wagner Virtual Weekend on June 5 & 12, 1-4 PM. The focus of these sessions will be Lohengrin, and will include a mix of music, lecture and Q&A. You can register for either or both sessions here.

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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