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Katherina Wagner's Baptism of Fire


Katherina Wagner's Baptism of Fire
George Steel, Dallas Opera General Manager
Alessandra Comini - Changing Image of Beethoven
Live Music for Christmas
Pro Musica: Sheila Harms Benefit Concert
Chamber Music and Leider
Wagner Birthday Party

Wagner Society of Dallas

Invites You to a DVD Screening Party!

invites you to a screening of

Katharina Wagner BAPTISM OF FIRE

Lakewood Branch,
 Dallas Public Library
6121 Worth St.
Dallas, TX 75214

  • Refreshments

  • Donations accepted




WSD: Katherina Wagner's Baptism of Fire / Katherina Wagners Feuertaufe

Monday - October 20, 2008 - 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Katharina Wagner, the new co-director of the Bayreuth Festival and great-granddaughter of Richard Wagner, is interviewed in this documentary. The film captures the genesis of her 2007 production of DIE MEISTERSINGER VON NURNBERG. The inner workings and politics of this festival are probed with visits with cast and crew.

Dagmar Krauss is the director of this 82 min. film, which has just been released. For eight months Dagmar Krauss accompanied the 29-year-old Katharina Wagner and her team, filming them in candid moments and revealing the Festival as we have never seen it before. As we witness the development of the production concept, we, too, are drawn into the excitement leading to the premiere on 25 July 2007.

This was the first time that an opening at Bayreuth was shown free and has been available for a fee streamed on the internet.

WSD Upcoming Events for 2008-2009
October 20, 2008 Katherina Wagner's Baptism of Fire - DVD presentation of the film documenting the creation of her debut production of Die Meistersinger at Bayreuth 2007. At the Lakewood Public Library. 6:30 pm. Film begins at 7:00. 90 minutes.
October 23-25, 2008 Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs Wagner's Siegfried Idyll. Conducted by Carlos Kalmar. Meet for dinner beforehand at L'Ancestral.
November 2, 2008 George Steel, new general manager of the Dallas Opera. At Park Towers, 3310 Fairmount, Dallas, TX 75201-1232. Time 4:30. Must RSVP: 214-827-7352.
November 13, 2008 Alessandra Comini lectures on The Changing Image of Beethoven, including Beethoven's influences on Wagner. SMU Meadow's Museum. 5:30 p.m. Reception by WSD.
December 13, 2008 David Morgan Chamber Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano. December 13, 2008.
February 22, 2009 A program of lieder and chamber music for voice and instruments featuring BEVERLY HOCH, soprano, Brent Buemi, clarinet, Kristin Hawn, cello and David Morgan piano
June 28, 2009 Wagner Birthday Party
WSD Recent Events
October 20, 2007 Will Whitmire, a young tenor from SMU, sings Robert Schumann's LeiderKreis, Opus 24, at the home of Dolores Williams Dooley, 4:00 pm
April 11-13, 2008 Ann Petty and Metroplex Opera presents Sigmund Romburg's The Student Prince at the Lakewood Theater
April 19, 2008 Chamber Music for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, performed by David Morgan, Bruce Buemi and April Kondrat.
May 4, 2008 Schubert's Winterreise sung by Albert Meisenbach with pianist Kiyoshi Tamagawa
May 22, 2008 Wagner's Birthday Party - Join us at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard to celebrate Wagner's 195th Birthday. Baya Kakouberi accompanies violinist Gary Levinson

All dates and events subject to change.


It's That Time Again!

Please Renew your Membership in
the Wagner Society of Dallas

Annual Membership Fee is $35 Per Person

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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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