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WSC Presentation: An Analysis of Parsifal

Stacey Richoi, mezzo-soprano – Kundry
Ric Furman, heldentenor – Parsifal
Gustav Andreassen, bass – Gurnemanz
Charles H. Parsons, opera historian, author, reviewer, and authority – Klingsor (spoken), program notes, and lecture material
Valerie Pool – accompanist

Recorded September 8, 2013, at the home of Rev. George and Amy Hill in Montgomery, Ohio.

“Wagner’s Ring Cycle” Panel Discussion, March 2012

On March 11, 2012, the Wagner Society of Cincinnati hosted a “Wagner’s Ring Cycle” discussion featuring a panel of experts: opera historian, reviewer, and respected authority, Charles Parsons; Cincinnati Opera’s Director of Artistic Operations, Marcus Küchle; and international opera singer, Gustav Andreassen. Wagner Society of Cincinnati President, Jim Slouffman, moderated.

WSC 2012 Spring Musicale

Once again, Bill and Marion Cooley opened their lovely Wyoming home to WSC for our second Spring Musicale, held yesterday. Soprano Kara Shay Thomson performed “Dich, teure Halle” from Tannhäuser and “Liebestod” from Tristan und Isolde. Bass-baritone Thomas Hammons performed “Bin ich nun frei?” from Das Rheingold and “Miei rampoli femminini” from Il barbiere di Siviglia. Pianist Kara Huber played Mikhail Pletnev’s “Nutcracker Transcription of Tchaikovsky” and Bill Cooley demonstrated his digital organ’s capabilities by entertaining us with his performance. Bravos and bravas abounded!

Bill Cooley Explaining His Digital Organ

Tom Hammons

Kara Shay Thomson

Kara Huber

Jim Slouffman Announcing

Carolann Slouffman Poetry Reading

Lohengrin Presentation

Jim Slouffman, President of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, will be giving a talk on Lohengrin at 2:00pm this Sunday, February 20, at the German Heritage Museum located at 4764 West Fork Road, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Several Wagner Society of Cincinnati members are travelling to Chicago on March 5 for the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of Lohengrin, so this presentation will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about the opera and hear a bit of the music.

Our First Wagner Musicale

Wagner Society of Cincinnati’s first Wagner Musicale, an “All Hallow’s Eve Musicale” held on Halloween, was a compete triumph! The 1800s parlor musicale was reborn at the home of Trudie and Kurt Seybold. The artists who performed were amazing, delighting the 40 guests in attendance with singing, piano solos, and poetry reading.

Many thanks to our performers—Metropolitan Opera Sopranos, Alma-Jean Smith and Blythe Walker; Bass, Samuel Smith; and Pianist, Albert Muehlboeck—who performed works by:

  • Wagner (who else?)
  • Liszt
  • Meyerbeer
  • R. Strauss
  • Gounod
  • Boito
  • And others, as well as a spoken word presentation suitable to the season presented by WSC President and Founder, Jim Slouffman

Long live music!







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