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Wagner Society
of Dallas

WSD EVENTS 2011-2012

Margaret Juntwait: Met Opera Host

Darren Keith Woods, FW Opera
NPOI Grace Notes Awards 2012-2013
William Berger, Metropolitan Opera

Wagner Society of Dallas Presents:
in honor of the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner
William Berger
Co­host of the Met Opera Broadcasts
on Sirius XM Radio and the Met Opera Quiz

in honor of the 200th birthday of Richard Wagner
will present a light buffet supper, followed by a talk by


Co­host of the Met Opera Broadcasts on Sirius XM Radio and the Met Opera Quiz, author of Wagner Without Fear, Verdi With a Vengeance, and Puccini Without Excuses. Mr. Berger will be talking about memorable productions of Wagner’s Operas. Mr. Berger has agreed to sign his books, and copies will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by Barbara Bradfield
3535 W. Lawther Drive
Dallas, Texas 75214

Valet Parking - Members: $30 Guests: $35

R.S.V.P. to The Wagner Society of Dallas
P.O. Box 25201, Dallas, Texas 75225
Or or Roger Carroll at 214-827-7352

William Berger is an American author, radio music host and commentator.

Born in California, 25 January 1961, Berger studied Romance languages and musicology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. For five years he worked in the San Francisco Opera, being responsible for acquiring company’s records collection. As author, he wrote such books on music and operatic composers as: Wagner Without Fear (1998), Verdi With a Vengeance (2000), Puccini Without Excuses (2005), all published by Random House. He also wrote some libretti, and articles dealing not only with music but also on topics of religion and architecture.

He frequently gives lectures on operatic music and composers, and is also a radio commentator and has recently been a regular host for New York Public Radio’s Overnight Music and WNYC radio. Since creation of the Metropolitan Opera Radio on Sirius in the Fall of 2006, he writes all the commentaries heard during entractes of historical broadcasts. Berger is currently often a co-host during live Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, and is often the moderator of those broadcasts' Met Opera Quiz.

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@

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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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