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Wagner Society of Dallas

Dr Alessandra Comini
In Passionate Pursuit


Nomeda Kazlaus, Soprano
Nathan De'Shon Myers - Baritone
Margaurite Mathis-Clark and Jing Ling Tam
Wagner's Birthday Party
The Living Opera of Dallas
Carl Smith and the Ritter Viola
Joe Illick and Friends
Comini - In Passionate Pursuit

Wagner Society of Dallas
Invites you to
Adventures of an Unconventional Art Historian
By Dr. Alessandra Comini

Thursday, September 9, 2004, 7:00-9:00 pm
Horchow Auditorium - FREE
Dallas Museum of Art

Poster Art: Egon Schiele, Remembrance (Erinnerung), 1913, watercolor and black chalk on paper, Dallas Museum of Art, fractional gift of Dr. Alessandra Comini in memory of her parents, Megan Laird and Raiberto Comini, 2001.357.a

Dr. Alessandra Comini, SMU Distinguished Professor of Art History, will be lecturing at the Dallas Museum of Art on her just-published memoir, IN PASSIONATE PURSUIT, on September 9, 2004.  

Comini will also be presenting a lecture at the Meadows Museum on Thursday, 4 November, 6:30pm. The subject of that lecture will be the 19th-century sculptor Elisabet Ney (born in Muenster, died in Austin) and other things German (Ney's  busts of Schopenhauer and Ludwig II)

Wagner Society members are invited to attend these lectures, which are sure to be interesting, as are all of Dr. Comini's lectures.

Poster Art: Egon Schiele, Remembrance (Erinnerung), 1913, watercolor and black chalk on paper, Dallas Museum of Art, fractional gift of Dr. Alessandra Comini in memory of her parents, Megan Laird and Raiberto Comini, 2001.357.a

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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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

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The International Association of Wagner Societies

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