Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

The French Wagnerians

November 2, 2019 - 8:00 am

November 2, 2019 1:00 p.m. JCC-SF 3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA

The French Wagnerians

Dr. Simon Williams, Professor Emeritus Dept. of Drama and Dance, University of California Santa Barbara

The French Wagnerians  –  Although Wagner was rarely performed in France during the late 19th century, several composers were strongly influenced by his music, his dramatic situations or his theory. This talk will focus upon some of the most prominent French Wagnerian composers and their operas, including Saint-Saens, Lalo, Chabrier, Chausson and Charpentier.

Simon Williams was a Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance for thirty years. He has taught at universities on four continents, including the University of Regina, of Alberta, Cornell University and, since 1984, UCSB. He has published widely in the fields of European continental theatre, the history of acting, Shakespearean performance, and operatic history. His major publications include German Actors of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Greenwood, 1985), Shakespeare on the German Stage, 1586-1914 (Cambridge, 1990), Richard Wagner and Festival Theatre (Greenwood, 1994), and Richard Wagner and the Romantic Hero (Cambridge, 2004). He has contributed numerous articles in his fields of specialty in edited volumes and leading periodicals. He is also an active director and reviewer of opera. His current projects include co-editing A History of the German Theatre for Cambridge University Press and studies of Shakespeare in the eighteenth century and European opera in the nineteenth. 


This meeting is free for WSNC Members and a suggested donation of $10 for non-members


November 2, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am

Upcoming Events

“Lohengrin: The Challenge of Production” with Simon Williams
Saturday, October-14-2023 - 01:00 PM

Lohengrin in the 21st Century Lohengrin is, arguably, the Wagnerian music drama that is most closely tied to the time in which it was composed. In dramatic form, staging, and… Continue reading “Lohengrin: The Challenge of Production” with Simon Williams

Click for full details
A Musical Evening with Heldentenor Simon O’Neill
Monday, October-30-2023 - 06:00 PM

A Musical Evening with Heldentenor Simon O’Neill Monday October 30, 2023 6:00 p.m. Marines Memorial Club and Hotel – Commandants Room 609 Sutter Street San Francisco, CA 94102 The Wagner… Continue reading A Musical Evening with Heldentenor Simon O’Neill

Click for full details
Buy Event Ticket : $200.00