Special Topics

This section contains essays and articles of special and lasting interest that could not be included in Wagner Notes, our bimonthly publication for members. Check it often for new items.

A study of the treatment of Wagner’s music dramas in comic books and animated cartoons.

The Politics of Wagner’s Ring is a draft research study by our member Neil K. Friedman, PhD, Political Science. It is the only political interpretation of The Ring that attempts to explain every character, dead or alive, using a consistent political theory, going far beyond Bernard Shaw and citing sources Wagner used. The author welcomes comments at

The WSNY had greatly anticipated The Glimmerglass Festival’s staging of Die Feen and hosted a preview program on Nov. 19, 2019, with Director Francesca Zambello, Maestro Joseph Colenari, three cast members, and production staff. The pandemic caused its cancellation, but Glimmerglass Glimpses presented a virtual Die Feen fantasia—an animation – on Sept. 3, with Eric Owens and two cast members, to give us a lasting memory in a delightful format.

At the invitation of Wagner Notes editor Harry L. Wagner, Verena wrote this reminiscence of her early life, meeting and marrying her husband Gunter, and their first Bayreuth trip. It was published in the April 2013 issue of Wagner Notes.

How the Solti/Culshaw Ring revolutionized the entire recording industry. Handout at October 17, 2012 program.

Ascent to Valhalla or Descent into Nibelheim? by Michael Sherwin

Comments and observations on the 2012 Decca remastered Solti’s Ring; an expanded version of a review published in Wagner Notes, Vol. XXXVI No. 3 (June 2013).

Compiled by Bill Williams

As Tannhäuser was the new production in Bayreuth in 2011, it was discussed at the first program of the Society on Sept. 23. A chart giving the complete history of its performances at the Bayreuth Festival from 1891 to 2011, compiled by Bill Williams, was distributed, and it is now shared with the world.

This item was shared in a letter from an Australian member; it is taken from an extended article and talk by Peter Bassett, given to the Wagner Society of Queensland in 2009. For the complete article, go to the Links page and then click on that Society.

by Josef Lienhart

Address by Josef Lienhart, President Emeritus, International Association of the Wagner Societies (Richard Wagner Verband International e.V., RWVI) and its President, 1991–2009, delivered at the 2009 International Richard Wagner Congress in the Dresden State Theatre, May 17, 2009, in English translation.