WSC Mourns the Loss of Charles Parsons

July 20, 2018

The passing of Charles H. Parsons, the Wagner Society of Cincinnati’s Opera Authority, leaves behind a legacy of devotion to the arts. He studied music, literature, and fine arts at the University of Cincinnati. In the Spring of 1995 he was awarded an honorary Ph.D in Musicology from the Mellen University, Lampeter, Wales. While daily pursuing the duties of Librarian at the College of Law in Cincinnati, he still found time to produce The Mellen Opera Reference Index-a series of 24 volumes on many aspects of Opera-as well as writing for ARG, Opera News, Opera (London), and The Cincinnati Review of Politics and the Arts. For more than 20 years he lectured at Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and College of Continuing Education at the University. He loved travel, a remnant from his times living in London and Rome. He was also interested in languages, archaeology and art history, and was active in the Episcopal Church.

His vast expertise in opera and in particular the esoteric works of Richard Wagner will be greatly missed in our little community of Wagnerians. His wit was unbounded and his passion for the arts unrelenting. We love and will greatly miss our dear Charles.

~ James Slouffman

To read a Retrospective on the life and contributions Charles Parsons made to the Cincinatti Opera World, click here.

Collaboration Event Cincinnati Song Initiative and Wagner Society of Cincinnati

Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM 

Cincinnati Song Initiative 

CSI and the Wagner Society of Cincinnati shed light on one of the richest periods of German and Austrian Lieder, illuminating the styles of Richard Wagner and his three closest contemporaries: Franz Liszt, Hugo Wolf, and Gustav Mahler. For more detailed information about this exciting concert and ticket purchasing, click on the link below.

Location: The Presbyterian Church of Wyoming 225 Wyoming Avenue Wyoming, OH, 45215

Purchase tickets by Friday, October 25 to get a 25% discount. Use code EARLYBIRD to purchase discounted tickets here.


  • Richard Wagner – Wesendonck Leider
  • Franz Liszt – Drei Lieder aus Schillers “Wilhelm Tell” (1860), Ich mochte hingehn
  • Hugo Wolf – An die Geliebte, An den Schlaf, Ganymed
  • Gustav Mahler – Selections from Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Lider und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit, and Ruckert-Lieder

Artists featured: LaToya Lain, Donna Loewy, Casey Robards, and Daniel Weeks

For tickets and more information, click here.

Opera Rap: Wagner and the Myth of the Flying Dutchman

Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 7:00-9:00 PM

Opera Rap: Wagner and the Myth of the Flying Dutchman. The Wagner Society of Cincinnati (WSC) and Cincinnati Opera will collaborate to produce an Opera Rap on the subject of Richard Wagner and his Music Dramas. Our guest speaker will be Naomi Lewin of WGUC and WQKR in New York.

The event will also discuss Wagner’s Flying Dutchman which is being produced by Cincinnati Opera this Summer Season. This event is held at the Mercantile Library in downtown Cincinnati. To attend this exciting event, register by clicking here.

This will be the third collaborative event between the WSC and Cincinnati. Please join us for this informative opportunity.

Music For All Seasons

Music for All Seasons

2017-18 Series  At Historic Peterloon Estate


Music from Eastern Europe

February 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

Instrumental and vocal music from Poland, Hungary, Russia, Romania, and Bohemia.

The concert will feature music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Richard Strauss and Richard Wagner.

Concert Performers: WSC Studio Artist, Shares Arnold, soprano; Kimberly Daniel de Acha, narrator; Amy Gillingham, cello; and Christina Lalog-Seal, piano. For a preview of the program, click here.

For more information:  Click here

Queen City Chamber Opera (QCCO) and Wagner Society of Cincinnati (WSC) Collaborative Project – Full Stage Production of Act III of Siegfried, with orchestra

Siegfried, Act III, October 2016
Friday, October 21, 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 23, 3:00 pm, Dunham Recreation Center Auditorium, 1945 Dunham Way, Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
Under the creative direction of Issac Selya, Founder and Artistic Director, QCCO, and WSC members providing support in set design and construction, marketing and promotion, stage direction, and prop development. Fully staged, with full orchestra. Don’t miss this exciting production of Wagner’s Siegfried, Act III!
Tickets: Use the code “happy203rd” before 12:00 am on May 24 for 18% off balcony tickets or 16% off ground tickets.

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