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The Wagner Dynasty & Changing Philosophies at Bayreuth – Webinar

June 27, 2020 - 8:00 am - 9:30 am

June 27, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time – The Wagner Dynasty and Changing Philosophies at Bayreuth – A Webinar

The Wagner Society is happy to have rescheduled Desirée Mays’ talk which had been scheduled earlier in the year. This is a webinar which you will be able to view from the comfort of your own home via the internet.

“Art is what matters here” Die Meistersinger
Following her husband’s death in 1883, Cosima Wagner ruled over the Bayreuth Festival with an iron will for 20 plus years. She was succeeded by her son, Siegfried, who maintained the family tradition until his death. His wife, Winifred, took up the reins and directed the Festival through the tumultuous years of World War II. Faced with ruin in 1945, Winifred’s sons, Weiland and Wolfgang, shared the job bringing the Festival back to life. At Weiland’s death, Wolfgang took over and led the Festival for 50 years. Today the Festival is run by Katharina Wagner, Wolfgang’s daughter, who has just resigned . . . . . . The saga continues.
Ms Mays will follow this line of succession in terms of the production values and changes over the years looking at the practical and creative responses of different family members to the great works of their forbear. The talk will include images and music excerpts.

Desirée Mays, the Preview speaker for The Santa Fe Opera for 20 years is a storyteller, radio interviewer and producer, reviewer and writer She is the author of the Opera Unveiled book series, Desirée lectures internationally for opera companies and Wagner Societies. Her radio shows include interviews with singers, directors and conductors.



Because of the pandemic, we cannot meet in person. 
A webinar is a web-based seminar. Registrants will be viewing from the safety of their own home.
WSNC will send an e-mail invitation to the members approximately two weeks prior to the webinar – the first of which will be Saturday June 6th at 1:00 p.m.  The invitation will have an imbedded link and the recipient will click that link to register for the webinar.
Reminder notices will also be sent out to registrants.
On the day of the webinar, registrants will receive an e-mail with a electronic “ticket” to the webinar. Clicking the link withn the e-mail will direct you into the website where the webinar will take place. At that time, you will wait for the webinar to commence. Sit back, relax and have a beverage while you wait.
The webinar will be approximately 1 hour long and there will be Q & A.  Participants can send questions through the webinar platform. Due to time constraints, it is possible that not all of the questions will get answered. We will do our best to adhere to a 90 minute presentation.



June 27, 2020
8:00 am - 9:30 am


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