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Masterclass with Stephen Gould Presented on Dec. 11

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“Parsifal” and French Symbolism. This talk by Marian Burleigh-Motley, PhD and Metropolitan Museum of Art lecturer (retired), featured extensive illustrations, plus songs by Debussy and Wagner performed by Amy Shoremount-Obra (WSNY awardee and recitalist), was streamed via YouTube on Friday June 25. Click here to watch!

Recital by Helena Brown, soprano, and Bradley Moore, pianist. Ms. Brown was WSNY’s 2018 Robert Lauch Memorial Fund Awardee, and was an ensemble soloist in the Met’s recent production of Porgy and Bess. She has performed throughout the US. Ms. Brown was accompanied by Bradley Moore, a renowned piano soloist and recital partner. Her program included: an aria from Macbeth, Dvorak songs, Wesendonck Lieder, and songs by the contemporary Black composers B. E. Boykin and Adolphus Hailstork, with the pianist performing a movement from a sonata by Florence Price. This exclusive event was recorded lilve at the Liederkranz Foundation, and premiered via YouTube on Sunday May 16, 2021. This event is now on YouTube. Click here to watch!

Maestro Eve Queler and Rienzi. Maestro Queler, founder and director of Opera Orchestra of New York, conducted Rienzi in New York and Washington, DC from 1980 to 2012. With photos and clips, including Jeremy Brauner (tenor soloist from Stephen Gould’s Masterclass) performing “Allmächt’ger Vater” and Mary Ann Stewart (soprano, and 2012 cover for Adriano) performing “Gerechter Gott.” Produced and hosted by Scott Carlton, WSNY’s Artistic Director of Singers’ Programs. Click here to watch this presentation on YouTube.

The Russian Parsifal?: Rimsky-Korsakov and The Invisible City of Kitezh, a lecture presented by Professor Harlow Robinson, premiered by WSNY of February 28, 2021, is now available on WSNY’s YouTube Channel: click here to view the lecture!

A New Year’s Concert by Jeffrey Swann with works by Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, and Wagner (from Tristan, Act II), Sunday, January 10, 3:00 – 4:15 pm ESTThis event is now on YouTube: click here to watch!

Masterclass with international Heldentenor Stephen Gould, Dec. 11, 2020, in which he coaches three rising tenors in six excerpts from Wagner repertoire, is now available on WSNY’s YouTube Channel.

Conversation with Alex Ross and Heath Lees on Ross’s acclaimed new book Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Wagner, on Nov. 19, 2020, is now available on WSNY’s YouTube Channel.

WSNY’s Seminar/Webinar on Der fliegende Holländer is now available onYouTube!
Thank you to all those who partipated in our recent Seminar/Webinar on Der fliegende Holländer. Those who may have missed these special presentations can access both Sessions on WSNY’s YouTube Channel, or by clicking on the links below

Session 1: Click here to view.

  • Hans Rudolf Vaget, Prof. Emeritus of German Studies, Smith College, “Der fliegende Holländer: The Jewish Connection: Wagner and Heinrich Heine”
  • Peter Bloom, Prof. of Humanities, Emeritus, Smith College, “Der fliegende Holländer: The French Connection”
  • Joe Pearce, President, Vocal Record Collectors Society, “Sentas: Known and Unknown” (with images; introduced by Mr. Pearce and Mr. Phillips. Click here for Mr. Pearce’s detailed notes.)
  • Addition to the Session 1 program! Interview with two cast members: Franz-Josef Selig (Daland) and David Portillo (Steersman). To be interviewed by F. Peter Phillips.

Session 2: Click here to view.

  • Victoria Bond, composer, conductor/music director, “Der fliegende Holländer: New Perspectives and Productions”
  • Jeffrey Swann, Ph.D., Concert Pianist and Professor, NYU, “Wagner Discovers Beethoven: A new understanding, revolutionized in Der fliegende Holländer

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All the video clips listed below were filmed live at various WSNY programs. They illustrate the depth and breadth of the Wagner Society of New York’s programs, and the caliber of singers and musicians featured.

  • WSNY Met Cast Roundtable, Seminar: “New Insights into Wagner’s Ring Cycle,” March 31, 2019. Participants: Christine Goerke, Greer Grimsley, Tomasz Konieczny, and Stefan Vinke; Moderator: Robert J. Sweeney. See video posted above.
  • Jeffrey Swann, Ph.D.: The Music of Parsifal: A Mixture, a Summation, or a Culmination? Parsifal Seminar, February 18, 2018.  Lecture with piano examples on Wagner’s last music drama, with references to its relation to his other music dramas
  • WSNY Met Cast Roundtable, Tristan and Isolde Seminar, Oct. 9, 2016. The Met Cast Roundtable, with all four principals: Nina Stemme (Isolde), Stuart Skelton (Tristan), Ekaterina Gubanova (Brangäne), René Pape (King Mark). Moderator: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Waltraud Meier Interview, WSNY, May 5, 2016. Recorded during Wagner Society of New York’s Tribute to Waltraud Meier, May 5, 2016. Interviewer: F. Paul Driscoll, Editor in Chief, Opera News
  • WSNY Holiday Recital, January 3, 2016. Felicia Moore, soprano, and Craig Ketter, piano
  • Met Cast Roundtable, Tannhäuser Seminar, Oct. 25, 2015.  Participants: Eva-Maria Westbroek (Elisabeth), Michelle DeYoung (Venus), Peter Mattei (Wolfram), Günther Groissböck (Landgraf), Frank van Aken (Tannhäuser). Moderator: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Backstage at the MetTannhäuser Seminar, Oct. 25, 2015.  Victor Callegari (make-up), Ira Lieberman (orchestra), Sylvia Nolan (costumes)
  • Met Cast Roundtable, Die Meistersinger Seminar, Dec. 7, 2014.  Participants.: James Morris (Hans Sachs), Annette Dasch (Eva), and Johan Botha (Walther von Stolzing). Moderator: Robert J. Sweeney
  • Conversation with Peter Conrad: Wagner, The Greatest of Monsters? Conversation between Peter Conrad, author and cultural critic, and Fred Cohn, writer and reviewer on opera topics. Wagner Society of New York program, January 28, 2015
  • Donald Palumbo, Chorus Master of the Metropolitan Opera, presents a talk: “The Opera Chorus – From Score to Stage” at the Wagner Society of New York’s Die Meistersinger Seminar, December 7, 2014;  Robert J. Sweeney, moderator
  • MetCast Roundtable at Die Meistersinger Seminar, Dec. 7, 2014 (Wagner Society of New York). Participants: James Morris (Hans Sachs), Annette Dasch (Eva), and Johan Botha (Walther von Stolzing); Robert J. Sweeney, moderator
  • Simon O’Neill, international heldentenor: Conversation and performance of several Wagner excerpts, accompanying himself on the piano. Interviewer: Scott Carlton. Wagner Society of New York program, March 19, 2014
  • Maestro David Angus, March 18, 2013, on the Boston Lyric Opera production of Der fliegende Holländer
  • Maestro Asher Fisch, March 6, 2013 (two clips), on the Seattle Ring and Wagner’s use of leitmotifsJonas Kaufmann: Interview, December 7, 2011. Video clips; Ken Benson, host
  • WSNY’s February 5, 2012, Götterdämmerung Seminar, including:
    • Hilan Warshaw, from his talk “Apocalyptic Visions: Götterdämmerung and Science Fiction”
    • Wendy Bryn Harmer (Gutrune): Met Cast Roundtab
    • Jay Hunter Morris (Siegfried): Met Cast Roundtable
    • Iain Paterson (Gunther): Met Cast Roundtable
  • Jeffrey Swann Listz Recital November 14, 2011
  • Die Walküre Seminar, May 1, 2011; Met Cast Roundtable Discussion (Marjorie ElinorDix, soprano, and Stuart Skelton, tenor); and Jeffrey Swann, Prof. Edward R.Haymes, and Hilan Warshaw, lecturers
  • Waltraud Meier: An Interview and Reception in Her Honor, April 8, 2011
  • Robert Lepage: “Conversation withRobert Lepage,” September 15, 2010; clips from his discussion of his approach to the Met’s Ring Cycle
  • Der fliegende Holländer: Seminar April 25, 2010; Met Cast Roundtable Discussion, conductor Maestro Kazushi Ono,and Saul Lilienstein
  • Placido Domingo: A Tribute to Placido Domingo, February 3, 2010; view interview clips from the multimedia program
  • Meagan Miller, soprano, and William Hobbs, piano, January 9, 2010; view a clip from the Holiday Musicale program that they presented.

Audio Clips with photos

  • Conversation between Peter Conrad, author and cultural critic, and Fred Cohn, writer and reviewer on opera topics: “The Greatest of the Monsters?” Wagner Society of New York program, January 28, 2015. Click here to listen to the complete lecture
  • Nina Stemme, soprano, and Mark Delavan, baritone: May 22, 2012 interview; Margaret Juntwait, host. Click here to listen to the complete interview.
  • Jeffrey Swann Lecture “The Music of Götterdämmerung: Finding an End and Closing the Circle,” May 3, 2012. Click here to listen to the complete lecture. This lecture will also be available as a CD in the WSNY Catalogue.

We will post video clips from our programs as feasible, legally permissible and approved by the speakers. Visitors to the WSNY YouTube Channel can also view other, Wagner-related videos on other YouTube Channels. Videos posted on the WSNY YouTube Channel can also be found using Google, other external search engines, or by directly searching on the YouTube website, using tags associated with the videos (any of presenter name, event title, date, and etc.).