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Wagner Society of Dallas
Puccini Society of Dallas

Discussion and Reception

Karen Stone
General Director of the Dallas Opera


Wagner's Birthday Party 2004
On the Road with Pat Mattingly
Darren Woods & Joe Illick - FW Opera
Alessandra Comini - Love from Afar
Roy Stevens - Heldentenor
Karen Stone - Dallas Opera
Erik Werner Benefit Recital

Dallas Opera's Karen Stone with Virginia Abdo, WSD

A Visit with Karen Stone
General Director, Dallas Opera

Sunday, October 5, 2003, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Park Towers, 3310 Fairmount Street, Dallas, TX 75201

Digital Photo Essay by Ed Flaspoehler
Click on Image for Enlarged View

Bill Herrera, Betty Frances, Fran Berk, Pat Mattingly, Sheila Harms

Announcements by Pat Mattingly, WSD, and
Fran Berk, PSD

Fran Berk Introduces
Karen Stone

A Large Turnout

Awaiting the program

Dallas Opera's General Director, Karen Stone

Karen Stone and
Bert Simpson

Chatting with
Mario and Susie

A Dynamic Speaker

Martin Reyes Visits with
Pat Mattingly and Fran Berk

Enjoying Refreshments:
"Did you try the Pate?"

Karen Stone
Answers Questions

Ann Ganz, Daughter Jennifer, and Friends

Sheila Harms, Barbara Munford, and Susie Rekerdres


Battle of the T-Shirts: Ed Flaspoehler's Meyerbeer Lives!
and Virginia Abdo's Festspiele Beyreuth

Puccini Society of Dallas
3600 Princeton Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

Refreshments Were Served

Wagner Society of Dallas
P.O. Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-1201
(214) 363-6070

Puccini Society of Dallas
3600 Princeton Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205

After the Karen Stone Lecture
You will have two hours for dinner


You are invited to hear WSD Honorary Member,
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone
 in recital

Time: 7:00 pm

Place: Lovers Lane Methodist Church, NE Corner of Northwest Highway and Inwood Road

Program: First Half will be composer Robert Owens accompanying Mr. Albert in Owens' music to a poem by Walt Whitman. Also, three Schubert lieder and some spirituals.

Second half will feature opera arias, songs from musicals, and more spirituals. Tara Emerson will accompany Mr. Albert.

Cost: FREE!

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Welcome to The Wagner Society of Dallas. You know, as Texans, we're bound to strive for being the biggest and best of all the Wagner groups in the world over.

My hope, in addition, is that we ensure your attendance and participation by offering an interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable array of meetings, recitals, and travel. Let us know if you have suggestions for future activities, and do make an effort to join in during the coming months with your membership, attendance, and above all joy of being with fellow Wagner aficionados.

Roger Carroll
President of the Wagner Society of Dallas

The Wagner Society of Dallas - Virginia R. Abdo and Dr. James T. Wheeler,

The Wagner Society of Dallas is devoted to furthering the enjoyment and appreciation of the music of Richard Wagner. The Dallas group is one of many Wagner Societies all over the world. It is a non-profit organization open to anyone who enjoys the works of Richard Wagner and who would like to participate in the Society’s activities.

The Wagner Society of Dallas has monthly meetings and programs which feature recitals, lectures, video screenings, receptions for opera singers and personalities, and trips to Wagner performances in other cities. We welcome music lovers who are already familiar with Wagner’s works as well as those who may want to become more knowledgeable about Wagner’s music.

Member Benefits include attendance at programs, our newsletter, discount on books and CD’s, advance notice of events and selected ticket services, receipt of the Membership Directory, ticket allotments to Bayreuth, and an active link with fellow Wagnerians throughout the world.


The Wagner Society of Dallas

PO Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-0201
(214) 363-6070

Virginia R. Abdo and
Dr. James T. Wheeler

email: WSD@

Digital Photos on this website, unless otherwise noted,
copyright Edward P. Flaspoehler, JR

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Many Wagner Society of Dallas members fondly remember Sheila Jones Harms, who was an active member of the organization, and who presented many interesting programs and recitals over the years.

Now, WSD member Ed Flaspoehler has completed his biography of Sheila, called The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy.

If you are interested in opera and fine singing, Sheila's biography will surely be of interest to you. Not only will you get an inside glimpse of what it takes to become an opera singer, and learn about the world of opera in Post- WWII Vienna, but, because Sheila and her husband Werner, were also CIA agents, you will get a look at the Cold War from a personal point of view.

You can get a copy of Ed's book on the internet at

The Wagner Society of Dallas
is a Member of
The International Association of Wagner Societies

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