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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:
Clifton Forbis Sings Wagner at SMU

Clifton Forbis, tenor:
Scenes from Act 1 of Die Walkuere.

Clifton Forbis is new Head of Voice at SMU and was the Otello for the opening of the Winspear Opera House. He will sing the role of Tristan in February 2012 with The Dallas Opera. Clifton Forbis will sing  scenes from Wagner's Die Walkuere at SMU on Decemer  2 and 4, 2011.

December 2nd (8 p.m.)
and 4th (3 p.m.)

with SMU Symphony Orchestra,
Paul Phillips, Cond.

The concert is in Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Fine Arts Building at SMU

The concert begins with two of the three overtures in Dvořák’s 1892 “Nature, Life and Love” trilogy, the Carnival Overture and Othello, led by students in the graduate program in orchestral conducting at SMU Meadows. After intermission, Paul Phillips will conduct excerpts from Wagner’s operatic masterwork Die Walküre, featuring renowned Wagnerian tenor and new Meadows faculty member Clifton Forbis as soloist.

For tickets, call: 214.768.2787

Hope to see you there.

Clifton Forbis is new Head of Voice at SMU and was the Otello for the opening of the Winspear Opera House. He will sing the role of Tristan in February 2012 with The Dallas Opera

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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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