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Wagner Society of Dallas

Nomeda Kazlaus,


Nomeda Kazlaus, Soprano
Nathan De'Shon Myers - Baritone
Margaurite Mathis-Clark and Jing Ling Tam
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Wagner Society of Dallas

Is Proud to Sponsor

Nomeda Kazlaus,

As a contestant in the

5th International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices

 Venezia 2006

Nomeda Kazlaus - The Wagner Society of Dallas is sponsoring Nomeda Kazlaus as a contestant inthe 5 International Competition for Wagner Voices, to be held in Venice during August 2005 and February 2006.

Another in our series of presenting
exciting young professional singers


Vilnius, Lithuania
E-mail: nomedakazlaus AT

"Nomeda Kazlaus had the perfect voice and the adequately good looks for the cunning temptress… Her strong, youthful voice was very welcome in this cast."

Opera News May, 2002 after "Henry VIII" at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

Lithuanian soprano Nomeda Kazlaus, born in Vilnius in 1974, commenced her studies at the tender age of 6 at the Vilnius Tchiurlionis Art Gymnasiums piano class. After graduating there at 18, she proceeded on to the Lithuanian Academy of Music, department of musicology. After 2 years, she entered the solo singing department, where she acquired a Masters and Doctors degree.

Nomeda Kazlaus has participated in master classes with Professors Ernest Haefliger, Francisco Araiza, Julia Hamari, Vladimir Atlantov, Mrs. Montserrat Caballe and Larissa Gergieva.

In 2003, she received the prestigious Richard-Wagner-Verband Bayreuth grant in Germany.

In 2004, Nomeda Kazlaus made her debut at the Mariinsky theatre in St. Petersburg with the role of Elisabetta in Don Carlo, and repeated this performance here in 2005.

Also at the Mariinsky, Nomeda Kazlaus has prepared the role of Sieglinde in Die Walkure.

Miss Kazlaus specializes in the operatic repertoire of Verdi, Wagner, and Slavic composers.

Collaboration with Mrs. Montserrat Caballe. Miss Kazlaus has the very unique position of having an exclusive collaboration with Mrs. Montserrat Caballe. After a master class in Andorra in 2000, Mrs. Caballe invited Kazlaus to perform on numerous concerts with her, among others the opening of Gostiny Dvor Hall in Moscow and the opening concert of the Peralada festival of 2001.

In 2002 she made her debut at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona with the role of Anne Boleyn in a new production of Henry VIII by Camille Saint-Saens with Montserrat Caballe as Catherine and Simon Estes as Henry, directed by Pierre Jourdan.

In 2000 she was the main character/participant in French/German TV ARTE telecast "Montserrat Caballe presents the Stars of Tomorow" ("Montserrat Caballe prasentiert Stars von Morgen").

She also appears in performance with Mrs. Caballe in the film "Caballe, Beyond Music" 2003, Morena Films.

Performances and Festivals. With the Lithuanian National Opera, Nomeda Kazlaus has sung Don Carlos, Cavalleria Rusticana, The Tales of Hoffmann, La forza del destino with Sergej Larin. She sung Carmen at the Koshice Oper Theatre (Slovak Republic). She has also performed leading roles at Liceu in Barcelona, Mariinsky Theatre in St.Petersburg, and Bolshoj in Moscow.

She has been soloist with the Hungarian, Latvian, Slovak, and Lithuanian National Opera Orchestras and the Tchaikovsky Symphony, Russian State Symphony, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestras and others.

Nomeda Kazlaus also has performed in London (St. Johns Smith Square), Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Russia (Moscow Conservatoire Tchaikovsky Grand Hall; Gostinyj Dvor Hall; St. Petersburg Philharmonic Small Hall) and others.

She has sung at the international festivals in Usedom (1998, 1999, Germany), at the Moscow Spring Festival (2000, 2001, Russia) and Peralada (2001, Spain) with Montserrat Caballe, The White Nights at Moscow with Valery Gergiev in 2005.

Nomeda Kazlaus has worked with conductors such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, José Collado, Anton Guadagno, Miquel Ortega, Roberto Paternostro, Saulius Sondeckis, Jonas Aleksa, Juozas Domarkas, Mikhail Sinkevich, Tugan Sokhiev, Valery Gergiev.

Competitions. She is a laureate of several voice competitions: The Schneider-Trnavsky in the Slovak Republic, the Antonin Dvorak in Czech Republic, the Jazep Vitols in Latvia, the Wiener Sommerakademie in Austria (1. prize) and the Lucia Popp in the Slovak Republic.

Recordings. In 1998 she recorded Schubert’s Mass C-major Nr.4, conducted by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, released by Warner Classics, in 2001 Recordationes de Christo moriendo by Pawel Lukaszewski.

Languages. Nomeda Kazlaus is fluent in Italian, German and English, Russian, French, in addition to Lithuanian, her native language .

5th International Singing Competition
for Wagner Voices

 Associazione Richard Wagner di Venezia

The 5th International Singing Competition for Wagner Voices will take place in early 2006, hosted by the Richard Wagner Association of Venice. The competition began in 1994 and is joint project between the Richard Wagner Association of Venice and the Richard Wagner Verband in Bayreuth.

A total of 44 singers from all over the world will compete in the preliminary rounds for the competition, which will take place August 10-11, 2005, during the annual Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. The final rounds of the competition will take place February 1-4, 2006, on the stage of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Singers will be competing for prizes worth 90,000 EU and an opportunity for a contract for a stage career in opera.

Dr. Wolfgang Wagner, Director of the Bayreuth Festival has announced that Frau Dr. Dorothea Glatt will be leading the jury during the competition, and will be representing the Bayreuth Festival in Venice. Prof. Dr. Giuseppe Pugliese is the director of the Venetian Richard Wagner Association.

In collaborazione con / In Zusammenarbeit mit /
En collaborazion avec
/ In collaboration with

Richard-Wagner-Verband International e. V.
Richard-Wagner-Verband Bayreuth e. V.
Fondazione Teatro La Fenice
Bayreuther Festspiele
Comune di Venezia
Stadt Bayreuth
Dr. Wolfgang Wagner
Bayreuther Festspiele

 Scadenza / Anmeldeschluss / Date limited / Deadline:
15. April 2005

Eliminatoria / Vorentscheidung / Selection / Eliminatory:
Bayreuth 8. und 10. August 2005

Semifinale / Demi-finale / Semi-final
Finale / Final:
Venezia Jan./Feb. 2006

Nomeda Kazlaus
e-Mail: NomedaKazlaus at

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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

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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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