Wagner Circle

The Wagner Circle is a philanthropic initiative that brings together Wagner lovers for a series of exclusive events each Season. Whether stage-focused, musical or philosophical, these events serve to deepen our knowledge and enjoyment of the works of Richard Wagner, an extraordinary composer who captures the imagination like no other.

In the 2019/20 Season, the Wagner Circle will support Christof Loy’s revival of Tristan und Isolde under the baton of Maestro Semyon Bychkov. Supporters will be offered a unique programme of involvement which includes Orchestra and Sitzprobe rehearsals, intimate discussion evenings in private homes, and a celebratory evening around a performance with artists and members of the creative team.

We would be delighted to involve you more deeply in The Royal Opera’s rich history of presenting remarkable Wagner productions.

To find out more about the Wagner Circle please contact David Brownlie-Marshall on +44 (0)20 7212 9448 or by email to david.brownlie-marshall@roh.org.uk

Wagner Circle Events 2019/20

Supporters will be warmly invited to the following:

Tuesday 19 November 2019, 7.30pm ‘Wagner - passing the baton’ panel discussion evening John Snelson, Head of Publishing and Interpretation, chairs a panel of musicologists and cultural historians in the Clore Studio. Rosamund Bartlett, Nigel Simeone and Alexandra Wilson will explore the influence of Wagner's work on composers including Puccini, Strauss and Janacek.

Wednesday 5 February 2020, 7.30pm In conversation with Lise Davidsen Norwegian soprano Lise Davidsen will be joined by Amy Lane, Head Staff Director for The Royal Opera, to talk about her exceptional career to date including winning the Operalia competition in 2015, making her Royal Opera debut last Season in Der Ring des Nibelungen and singing Elisabeth in Tannhäuser at the Bayreuther Festspiele this year.

Tuesday 31 March 2020, 7.30pm An evening of discussion with Tristan and Isolde A discussion evening in a private home in the company of tenor Michael Weinius (Tristan) and soprano Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde), who will be joined by writer, journalist and presenter Tom Service ahead of their Royal Opera debuts as opera’s most famous lovers.

Wednesday 8 April 2020, 5.00pm Tristan und Isolde Orchestra Alone rehearsal at Henry Wood Hall Join the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House as they work through the Tristan score with conductor Semyon Bychkov at Henry Wood Hall, London's first purpose-built home for orchestral rehearsals.

Thursday 16 April 2020, 2.15pm Tristan und Isolde Sitzprobe rehearsal A rare chance to see this very early-stage rehearsal when the singers and orchestra are brought together with the conductor for the first time before costumes, action and lighting are added. Conductor Semyon Bychkov will focus solely on singing technique and balancing the orchestra.

Thursday 30 April 2020, 4.15pm A celebration around a performance of Tristan und Isolde* Join us for drinks and canapés before the performance and during the intervals, and after the performance there will be the chance to congratulate the artists during an informal bowl food reception with the cast, creative team and members of The Royal Opera.

*Please note that all tickets and refreshments are in addition to your generous gift. Access to rehearsals is at the discretion of The Royal Opera and the conductor and may change at short notice; alternative dates will be offered where possible.

If you have any questions regarding the 2019/20 Season Wagner Circle events, please contact David Brownlie-Marshall on +44 (0)207 212 9448 or by email david.brownlie-marshall@roh.org.uk.

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