Since meeting in person has become difficult or even impossible, the London Wagner Society has transferred all its events into digital form and has thus succeeded in making a virtue out of necessity: for some months now, it has been possible to attend Zoom webinars for a small charge (£ 5.00 members, £ 10.00 non-members) and to take part in conversations organised by the Society in connection with the “Wagner universe”.
The subjects of the events include conversations with Wagner singers, such as Michael Volle in January. They also provide a forum for discussing musicological questions connected with Richard Wagner’s works. One example here is the talk on Parsifalmania for Good Friday, in which the intense interest among American Wagnerians in Parsifal after its first performance in the Bayreuth Festspielhaus is examined.
We should also like to draw your attention to the conversation at 6.30 p.m. on 19th February with Christopher Cook and the singer Petra Lang, who will be taking on the role of Kundry in the concertante performance of Parsifal on the Grüner Hügel this Summer.
Lovers of Richard Wagner’s music can be found all over the world. There are currently more than 130 regional Richard Wagner Associations worldwide, with most of them united in the Richard-Wagner-Verband-International; many of them are members of the Friends of Bayreuth. This is also the case with the London Wagner Society, which was founded in 1953 and has been a Friend of Bayreuth for more than 60 years.