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Wagner Society of Dallas

Desiree Mays Lecture


Cushing Atelier 2009 Exhibition
Chamber Music in Memoriam Dorothea Kelley
New Philharmonic of Irving Honors WSD
Alessandra Comini - Käthe Kollwitz: Revolutions Great and Small
2009 Holiday Party
New Year's Eve Party
Valentine's Concert in Fort Worth
Movie Screening: Meeting Venus
Wagner 197th Birthday Party
Desiree Mays - Heroes of the Ring

Wagner Society of Dallas

Is Proud to Present

Desirée Mays

Who are the
Heroes of the Ring?

Time: 6:30 PM

Date: Sunday, May 16

Place: The Garden Room, 4th floor, Athena
6335 W. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75225


Hor d'oeuvres and wine, limited seating, $20

RSVP: Roger Carroll at 214-827-7352
or send e-mail to

Graciously Hosted by Joan Merriman

Mark your calendars for our next scheduled event, a lecture by Desiree Mays on Sunday, May 16. Her topic will be "Who are the Heroes of the Ring?" Desiree Mays is a charming and informative speaker, and you will not want to miss this one.

Desiree Mays is author of the popular Opera Unveiled series of books and is guest lecturer each summer at the Santa Fe Opera.

The Heroes of the Ring

Who are the heroes of the Ring?

  • Siegmund, the abandoned child, whose courage and passionate love for Sieglinde are tragically crushed?
  • Siegfried, the boy without fear, whose trusting nature leads him to be cruelly betrayed?
  • The flawed but fascinating Wotan, trapped in the web of pacts and relationships his towering ambition built?
  • Or Brünnhilde, the goddess who, through love, learns to live as a mortal woman, and who ultimately makes the supreme sacrifice?

This quest into the meaning of heroes and heroism in The Ring sheds light on how Wagner's own philosophy evolved during the creation of his epic masterpiece—and how his challenges and ideas mirror our own changing ideas about heroes over time.

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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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