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WSD Activities
and News Updates

The Living Opera - Don Giovanni 2005
Dead Man Walking - Austin 2003
Gotterdammerung in Dallas 2002
Berlin Wagner Festival 2002
Opera on Florida's Gulf Coast 2001
HGO Tannhauser 2001

This archive of press releases and news updates is provided to help you access the services and information available by the Wagner Society of Dallas through this web site.

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The Living Opera of Dallas: A Report on the Inaugural Performance

Mozart's Don Giovanni at the Eisemann Center - June 19, 2005
Opening Night Performance Exceeds Expectations

Dead Man Walking - An Opera
by Jake Heggie and Terrance McNally

Austin Lyric Opera, January 16, 2003

A Review by Ed Flaspoehler, WSD © 2003

Berlin Wagner Festival 2002: A Review

Staatsoper unter den Linden, Berlin, Germany, March and April, 2002

by Virginia Abdo, WSD © 2002

Gotterdammerung at Dallas Opera

Music Hall, Dallas, TX, January 16, 2002

by Ed Flaspoehler, WSD © 2002

Opera on Florida’s Gulf Coast: 
A Report

Coppola's Sacco and Vanzetti at Tampa Opera
Verdi's Oberto at Sarasota Opera

by Laurie Shulman © 2001

Tannhauser at Houston Grand Opera: A Report

Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, Houston, Tx
October 28, 2001

by Carroll Staton, WSD © 2001

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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