Thirty-Ninth Annual Seminar
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 12:00 Noon-5:00 p.m.

St. Joseph’s School, 420 East 87th St. (between 1st & York Ave.), New York
Distinguished Speakers and Met Cast Roundtable

Program (schedule subject to change):

12:00 - 12:05 Introduction: Robert J. Sweeney, Moderator
12:05 - 12:50 “Flat Bayreuth: The Challenges of Multimediality in Wagner’s 1876 Ring Production” Gundula Kreuzer, Associate Professor of Music, Yale University
1:05 - 1:55 Roundtable with Metropolitan Opera Ring Cast Members Christine Goerke, Greer Grimsley, Tomasz Konieczny, and Stefan Vinke, hosted by Moderator
2:15 - 3:00 "New World Encounters: Early American Performances of Wagner’s Ring Cycle, 1877–1903” Hannah Chan-Hartley, Musicologist & Creator of the Visual Listening Guide (, Toronto, Canada
3:15 - 4:00 “Women, Sound, and Technology: Ruth Berghaus’s Ring Cycle (1985–1987)” Alexander K. Rothe, Core Lecturer, Music Humanities, Columbia University
4:15 - 5:00 “Wieland Wagner: Modernist Revolutionary or Traditionalist?” Simon Williams, Professor Emeritus, Department of Theater and Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara
4:50 - 5:00 Discussion Period

Books/Videos: Many titles related to the Ring, including two just published: Curtain, Gong, Steam: Wagnerian Technologies of Nineteenth-Century Opera by Prof. Kreuzer and a new translation of the Ring by Prof. John Deathridge. Books and videos (DVD and Blu-ray) of the Ring cycle will be available before the Seminar and during breaks. Attendees receive discounts on all items.
Reservations: Advance paid reservations are advisable. Please pick up tickets at the door. Check in will begin at 11:30. Reserved seating for Seminar patrons; open seating for all others.
Fees: See reservation form below. Beverages and snacks included.
Reduced fee for current members and students. Join or renew now to benefit from the member fee (new memberships are valid through August 2020). ID required for students.

Upcoming: Feb. 24: “Ring Cycle: Vocal Showcase”: six WSNY grantees, in collaboration with the Met Opera Guild (sold out)
Met Ring Cycle events, presented by the WSNY: receptions, lectures, exhibits, lunches. Details and reservation forms will be available by mail and online. Please check our website for updates:
May 5, Sun., 12–3 pm: “Rhine Journey on the Hudson”: 3-hour luncheon cruise.

Also note: Met Opera Guild events (see their website): “Singers of the Ring”; “The Ring: Music, Motifs, and Magic”
Join or Renew now and obtain the reduced member fee.
See website for details: Wagner Society of New York.

We invite your additional donation to support the annual Seminar.




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