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The Wagner Dynasty and Changing Philosophies at Bayreuth

March 21, 2020 - 8:00 am

Our March guest is Desiree Mays and she will present an objective look at the Wagner family since Wagner’s death in 1883, 136 years ago.  Mays will draw from original first-hand sources where possible and attendees will be provided with a Wagner Family tree handout.

Desirée is a globetrotter for opera; she lectures both live and on radio across the States, she writes books on the subject, accompanies groups of people world-wide in search of that perfect opera in that perfect opera house somewhere on planet Earth. 

Winters find her lecturing coast to coast from the Metropolitan Opera in New York to the Los Angeles Opera in California.

Mays has spoken to Wagner Societies in Los Angeles, New York, Washington DC, and Dallas and was the lead speaker for the Kirov Ring in Orange County in 2006. 

Desirée hosted two radio shows: “Our Arts” in Salt Lake City where she co-produced the award-winning series “Life is a Creative Process.”  She also produced and interviewed arts personalities on “CenterStage” for KSFR 101.1 in Santa Fe.  Currently she produces “Yoga Moments” for KSFR. 

Desirée holds a Masters of Arts degree in the Humaniites from the University of Utah.  She taught a class there and at the University of New Mexico entitled “What is Opera.”

Desirée directs Art Forms Inc., an educational, non-profit organization whose motto is: “Art forms through awareness.”


This program is free to WSNC Members, Guests are welcome for a suggested donation of $10 per guest


3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA




March 21, 2020
8:00 am - 10:30 am


The Wagner Society of Northern California

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