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The Wagner Society in Queensland is an incorporated society, the model rules of which are in accordance with the Associations Incorporations Act of 1981.

It holds monthly meetings on Saturday afternoons at Queensland Multicultural Centre or small screenings in members’ homes.

These meetings provide a range of activities including talks by guest speakers who may deal with any aspect related to Wagner’s works and their performance; screenings of video-recordings of staged Wagner operas, and live performances by local singers. Following these activities, there is an opportunity for socialising and discussion over refreshments.

The society is committed to promoting the works of the composer in the wider community. Examples of its activities in this regard have been highly successful day-long symposia, an annual Encouragement Award to a Queensland Conservatorium student and the 2013 Wagner Bicentenary Competition for Composers. 

The society has sponsored Queensland singers in professional performances of Wagner’s works.

Richard Wagner’s birthday is traditionally marked via a celebratory event.

The Wagner society in Queensland belongs to the Der Richard-Wagner-Verband International (RWVI), the International Association of Wagner societies. The RWVI keeps us in touch with fellow Wagnerians throughout the world. We receive regular newsletters containing news from Bayreuth, events of various societies, notices of new books, CDs and DVDs. The RWVI International Conference is held in different cities in and outside Europe each year and a report is circulated to the member societies. Member societies receive an annual allocation of tickets to the Bayreuth Festival relative to the number of members. The annual membership fee is based on two euros per member of the society.

Members may read about the RWVI on its website:

The RWVI newsletter may be accessed at:

The Society is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

Professor: Lisa Gasteen

Professor Lisa Gasteen AO

The society is proud to have as its patron celebrated Wagner soprano,
Professor Lisa Gasteen AO.

Joseph Ward OBE


Life Memberships have been awarded to honour Joseph Ward OBE, distinguished opera and voice coach, and
Theo Baer, Hal Davis and Jennette Johnstone for their many years of dedicated service to the Society.

Honorary Membership: John Rotar, winner of the 2013 Bicentenary Competition for Composers.


The Management Committee


Our  Donors                      

Many of our members give financial support to the Society.  Donations are tax-deductible and contribute to the charitable work of the Society.

We would like to thank the following members for their generosity:

Dr Theo and Mrs Lyn Baer
Mrs Margaret Baker-Genovesi
Dr Peter Bassett
Mr Paul Caesar
Dr John Casey
Dr Timothy and Dr Mary Rose Cooney
Mr Nanda Gulhane
Mrs Jennette Johnstone
Mr Martin and Mrs Andrea Kriewaldt
Prof Colin Mackerras
Mrs Elizabeth Scarlett
Mrs Laurel Sommerfeld
Dr James Spence
Dr Mark Walker
Ms Kerry Ward

Nibelung Bureau – Our  Volunteers

When the first Bayreuth Festival was being organised prior to 1876, Richard Wagner established a group of volunteer supporters whom he called, light-heartedly, his ‘Nibelung Bureau’. The contributions of the Bureau’s members were vital, and they became part of Wagnerian history.

Inspired by that historic model, The Wagner Society in Queensland has created its own ‘Nibelung Bureau’ to complement the work of its Management Committee.

Many members already play important voluntary roles and are valued participants in our Nibelung Bureau. These include:

The Catering Group 
Co-ordinator Committee Secretary Sheena Burnell; Jenny Krassnig; Elizabeth Scarlett; Susan Treloar; Theo and Lyn Baer; Peter Jansen and members Sue Thomas, Patricia Jackson, Nanda Gulhane and Carol Bassett.

Additional volunteers are urgently needed to share rostered responsibilities at monthly meetings. Catering costs are met from official funds. Voluntary donations are welcomed and appreciated.

Reporting of meetings for the website 
Paul Caesar; Margaret Baker-Genovesi.

Photographic record
Co-ordinator Hal Davis; Stephanie Hinrichs. Additional volunteers are invited.

Audio-visual technical support: 
(At present ad hoc.) Stephanie Hinrichs. More volunteers are invited.

Event set-up and dismantling:
(At present ad hoc.) Bette Jansen. More volunteers also invited.

Web site:
Stephanie Hinrichs.


If you would like to add your name to our list of volunteers, please send an email to Committee Secretary Sheena Burnell at indicating the area in which you would like to lend a hand.

This will make a huge difference in helping our Society to undertake interesting and varied activities. Please consider joining the Nibelung Bureau. 

Peter Bassett, President