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Portrait of Richard Wagner 1813 - 1883
Richard Wagner 1813 - 1883
(By Josef Berhadt1868)

The Wagner Society of Ireland is a not for profit organisation devoted to furthering the understanding of the music of Richard Wagner through such events as seminars, lectures, recitals, interviews, films, and assistance to promising young artists.

The Wagner Society of Ireland is Affiliated to the International Richard Wagner Verband


 Mid-September 2018

Derek Watson RIP


It is with great sadness that we have to inform members that Derek Watson, a great friend of our Society, passed away on Monday evening.  Derek, who was Chairman of the Scottish Society, was a great support and source of advice to the SocietyHe gave a series of lectures and then we started the series of seminars of all Wagner’s works starting with The Flying Dutchman all the way to Parsifal. This took a number of years but those who attended will have fond memories of his effortless erudition, piano playing and melodious voice.   Derek loved his trips to Dublin and the dinner we had during the seminars.   As his friend Will Scott wrote to me “.  I know how hugely he enjoyed visiting Dublin to give his study days there, and how much he valued the true warmth and friendship shown him by so many members of the Society”


We shall miss him. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam



Anthony Linehan






Your committee has come up with an interesting programme for our 2018-2019 season. It has been uploaded to EVENTS above. We will be continuing with the Monday/Wednesday format. Some of the dates for our events have yet to be confirmed.


We are starting the season with A Celebration of Jennifer Davis. This will take place on Monday October 15 in the UAC.  Read more about Jennifer in the latest Newsletter.


Please note that we have a second event that same week: on Wednesday October 17 Christopher Morris will speak on Invisible Theatre: orchestral Interludes in Post-Wagnerian Opera.




We have an interesting and extensive library of recordings and books available for members to take out on loan. An up-to-date listing of what is available, along with information on how to access the library, can be found here.



The September 2018 Newsletter is now available.

Our Newsletters (in Word and .pdf formats) can be accessed by clicking the link above.

Timothy King gave a very interesting and well-received presentation earlier this year on "What would Wagner have thought of modern Regietheater?"  He has now produced an expanded  version of his talk which can now also be found on our Newsletters page in .pdf format. It's worth a read!



WVI Website:

The Richard Wagner Verband International has created  an excellent new website -  - in English, French and German. It's worth a look.


Wagner Operas on the Internet:

A new website is collaborating with a number of European opera houses.  Operas to be  shown in the coming months include Opera North's Der Ring des Nibelungen

There are a number of other websites (particularly where one can watch complete operas on demand and free of charge on the internet. A production of Das Rheingold by the Chinese National Opera can currently be seen at . It is an excellent, traditional staging, with Chinese singers singing in German, under the baton of Ms. Zhu Man.

Another useful website is It shows operas, both live and recorded. While there are no Wagner operas on their menu at the moment, they have recently shown the Dutch National Opera production of Die Walküre, the Wiener Staatsoper productions of Parsifal and Götterdämmerung as well as Der Fliegende Holländer from the Finnish National Opera.


An Invitation to you:

If you are a member of the Society and have a friend or acquaintance who might be interested in joining the Society, why not bring them along to one of our meetings?

If you are not a member and have not yet attended any of our events, please feel free to come to one of our meetings and introduce yourself. Or why not just click on Membership Information above, apply for membership and come and enjoy our range of talks, films, recitals and especially our trips abroad?



Remember to click on Useful Links above for information on what other Wagner Societies are doing; on travel and accommodation; on past and future performances and reviews of Wagner's works.





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