The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia Incorporated was founded in 1986, inspired by The State Opera of South Australia’s production of Der Fliegende Holländer. We now have around 100 members, and you are warmly invited to join us. Our Society is a member of the International Wagner Verband, the international group of organizations devoted to the work of Richard Wagner.
Our Patron is the Helden Baritone, John Wegner.
The Society publishes a regular Newsletter, and promotes various sorts of activities: lectures, workshops, audio-visual presentations and special functions.
Lectures: Scholarly lectures are delivered both by local members and by visiting luminaries. These are usually held on a Thursday evening at 8.00 p.m. Following the lecture, there is a light supper and the audience can chat with the speaker.
Workshops: From time to time, the Society organises workshops on various aspects of Wagner and his music. They are usually held on a Saturday or Sunday starting at 1.30pm and running until about 9.30pm, which includes an afternoon tea and dinner break. Numbers are typically limited by space.
Special Functions: Each year on or near the 13th February, we commemorate the death of Richard Wagner with The Wake, and we celebrate the anniversary of his birth on or near 22 May. There is also an End of Year Party. These are light-hearted events, with good food and drink, and entertainments. From time to time, we invite artists to give recitals of the music of Wagner and his circle, and sometimes we have intimate gatherings during the day to listen to CD’s and to provide a gentler introduction to various aspects of Wagner’s output.