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VIDEO OF WAGNER'S LIFE FROM THE DRESDEN UPRISING TO HIS TIME WITH MATHILDE WESENDONCK IN SWITZERLAND

Saturday 20 Jul 2024 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This meeting at the Queensland Multicultural Centre will feature an extended extract from Tony Palmer’s 1983 film on the life of Richard Wagner. The original film was nearly 8 hours long (and a shorter 5 hour version was later released) as well as a 9 hour mini-series in 10 episodes. The film was enthusiastically received by critics at the time for both the beautiful cinematography (filmed on authentic locations in Germany, France and Switzerland) and the quality of the cast. Narrated by Andrew Cruickshank, the cast includes Richard Burton as Wagner, Gemma Craven as his first wife, Minna, Vanessa Redgrave as Cosima, Ekkehard Schall as Franz Liszt, Marthe Keller as Mathilde Wesendonck, and Sir John Gielgud, Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir Ralph Richardson as King Ludwig’s advisers. This afternoon we shall be showing an extended extract pertaining to a decisive period of Wagner’s life, from his revolutionary activities in the Dresden uprising through to his exile in Switzerland and his relationships with Otto and Mathilde Wesendonck.

To book, please advise our Secretary Alpha Yap at alphayap60@gmail.com and make the usual payment of $15 for members and $20 for guests to the Society’s bank account, Bank of Queensland BSB 124-021, Account Number 2261-2919.

 


'THE WESENDONCK LIEDER', PRESENTED BY SOPRANO REBECCA CASSIDY WITH STEPHEN EMMERSON, AT QMC KANGAROO POINT

Saturday 17 Aug 2024 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Mathilde Wesendonck (1828-1902) whose maiden name was Agnes Luckemeyer. She took the name Mathilde to please her husband whose first wife and elder sister were both named Mathilde.

A performance of Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder by soprano Rebecca Cassidy with Stephen Emmerson. At the Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point. Mathilde Wesendonck wrote Five Poems for a Female Voice, which were set to music for piano accompaniment by Wagner in 1857-58. He subsequently orchestrated Träume (‘Dreams’) – a study for Tristan und Isolde, and the other songs were later orchestrated by Felix Mottl.

 


AN AFTERNOON AT THE MOVIES. CINEMA SHOWING OF ACT 3 OF 'THE MASTERSINGERS OF NUREMBERG'.

Saturday 21 Sep 2024 at 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm

The unforgettable quintet in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, in the Glyndebourne production with Michaela Selinger as Magdalene, Topi Lehtipuu as David, Gerald Finley as Hans Sachs, Anna Gabler as Eva and Marco Jentzsch as Walther von Stolzing.

A private cinema showing of Act 3 of ‘Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg‘, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and directed by David McVicar, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and The Glyndebourne Chorus. Other principal singers are Johannes Martin Kränzle as Sixtus Beckmesser and Alastair Miles as Veit Pogner. The showing will be in the Elizabeth Picture Theatre, 179 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane, followed by a reception in the beautiful adjoining reception room with Prosecco and French Cake. Sponsored by Richard Hartley. Timing to be confirmed.

 


'THE FLYING DUTCHMAN' FILM INTRODUCED BY PETER BASSETT

Saturday 19 Oct 2024 at 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm

The Dutchman’s ghostly crew.

Introduction and presentation by Peter Bassett of a fabulous film of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer at QMC. It features Donald McIntyre as the Dutchman, Catarina Ligendza as Senta, Bengt Rundgren as Daland and Hermann Winkler as Erik, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch, with the Bavarian State Opera Chorus and Orchestra. The director is Václav Kašlík.

At the Queensland Multicultural Centre, Kangaroo Point.

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra will perform the Overture to Der fliegende Holländer in concerts conducted by Umberto Clerici at QPAC on 15th and 16th November. See ‘Wagner in Brisbane’ page of this website.

 


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AT QMC KANGAROO POINT

Saturday 30 Nov 2024 at 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Annual General Meeting at the Queensland Multicultural Centre. This will be followed by a Christmas celebration in the upstairs foyer of the QMC.