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.
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 Cominilectures on The
Changing Image of Beethoven, including Beethoven's influences on Wagner.
SMU Meadow's Museum. 5:30 p.m. Reception by WSD.
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.
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
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
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