[National Wagner Society]

The Oxford Wagner Society

The word 'genius' is used far too liberally, but there are few cases, such as that of William Shakespeare, where it is hard to argue. Richard Wagner is another of such - a man who took the art form of opera to a whole new level. As his patron King Ludwig II of Bavaria noted, the 19th century was fortunate to have hosted him. Wagner's genius needs no explanation from me, but what I can do is to assist the process of sharing insights and musical experiences with students and staff at Oxford's Universities, or those who, like myself, just happen to live in the area.

Note that the University itself no longer has an active Wagner society, and having failed to get critical mass in meetings I tried to organise early in 2015, it has been a low priority for me since. However I do not want to give up quite yet.

If I organize something, I will post details here, along with events organised by others in the area that might be of interest. If you want to be on my e-mailing list then contact me at c6goakley9@virgin4medi7a.com (NB: delete all the numbers).

Chris Oakley, 15 March 2019

30 March 2019 Telecast of Die Walküre from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, at the Curzon Cinema at the Westgate centre. Starts 4pm.
23 April 2019 Sydney Youth Orchestra play a program that includes orchestral excerpts from Tannhäuser at the Sheldonian Theatre. Starts 7:30pm.
23 April - 25 June 2019 Wagner and Philosophy 10 sessions from 2-4pm on Tuesdays at Ewert House, Summertown, by philosopher Dr. Meade McCloughlan. Course fee: £205. Organised by the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education.
A very long day in July or August 2019. I would like to organise a playthrough of the entire 2002 Levine Ring in a single day at a location in central Oxford still to be determined. I expect to start at 7 a.m. Will post location and date here as soon as these are known. Admission will be free.