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These are events organized by the Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest. See Other Organizations for announcements from Wagner societies, opera houses, and other organizations.

Upcoming Events

    • 14 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (CDT)
    • Registrants will be sent details for how to join the premiere the day before the event.
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    Music in Action: Premiere and Talkback with Mark Billy, Alexandra Razskazoff and Lara Bolton

    Violence in Verdi and Verismo is a musical-narrative program addressing the oppression and brutality mirrored between the characters of Verdi and Verismo operas and in the untold stories of the Native American community. Soprano Alexandra Razskazoff and baritone Mark Billy, 2020 Music in Action grant award winner, join their vocal forces for a program of duets and arias from Verdi and Verismo composers, collaborating with Lara Bolton on the piano.

    Please join us for an interactive "talkback" Q&A session with Mr. Billy, Ms. Razskazoff and Ms. Bolton following their performance.

    About Music in Action: Music in Action is a new project grant program funded entirely by The Richard Wagner Society of the Upper Midwest. The program is designed to provide financial support for local musicians, while addressing the greater need for hope, healing, and community exposed by the murder of George Floyd.

    • 23 May 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom (a link will be sent the day before the event)
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    A Conversation with Andrew Whitfield: Wagner, The Revolutionary

    Central to this year's Art vs. Artist programming theme is the question:

    How do we reconcile the work of an artist with a life and legacy that includes elements which sometimes profoundly challenge our contemporary values? 

    Please join us as Minnesota Opera's Associate Conductor and Chorus Master, Andrew Whitfield, takes us on an exploration of Wagner's political legacy as a revolutionary.

    Although Wagners' operas have been coopted by various ideologies, from the Bolsheviks to the Nazis, for their political gain, his personal politics were often self-contradictory and didn't embrace the existing dogmas of political thought that were circulating in the 19th century. However, early writings, as well has his involvement in the Dresden uprising, paint a picture of a young Wagner who, like the rest of Europe, was becoming more conscious of the vast inequality between the elite and the working classes. In this lecture, we will examine Wagner the revolutionary, and how his politics manifested in the Ring Cycle.

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