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Wagner Society
of Dallas

WSD EVENTS 2011-2012

The Puccini Society:
How a Libretto is Made

Tristan and Isolde at SMU
Keith Cerny: Wagner and Bayreuth and the Ultimate Musical Brand
Puccini Society: How to Make a Libretto with Dr Robert S. Dupree
Clifton Forbis Sings Wagner at SMU
A talk by Margaret Juntwait, Host, Met Opera Broadcasts

Wagner Society of Dallas Recommends
a program by the Puccini Society:
How a Libretto is Made
featuring Dr. Robert Scot Dupree

How a Libretto is Made by Dr. Robert Scott Dupree

Robert Scott Dupree received a B.A. from The University of Dallas. He was granted the first Fulbright Scholarship, the first Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and the first Danforth Fellowship awarded to a UD graduate. He continued his studies at the Universite de Caen, France and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in English at Yale University.

In 1966 Dr. Dupree returned to UD and served the university as Director of the Division of Languages and Literature, Director of the Program in Rome, Chair of the English Department, Chair of the Modern Languages Department, and Director of the Blakley Library.

He has taught at the Universite de Franche-Comte at Besancon, France, International Academy for Philosophy in Liechtenstein, and The National University of Singapore. He has served as adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas.

Dr. Dupree helped plan, found, and open the Dallas Institute where he has served as translation editor for the Bachelard Translations Series. He is the author of three books and numerous published articles from 1961 to the present.

Sunday, November 13, 2011
 at 3:00 pm

Hosted by:
Inge and Sam Vastola
The Vendome - 3505 Turtle Creek Blve
(corner Turtle Creek and Lemmon Ave.)
Dallas, TX 75219


$25 members, $30 guests
Valet Parking

RSVP to: Sarah Roby, 214-691-3146


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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

The Wagner Society of Dallas
is a Member of
The International Association of Wagner Societies

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