- 18 September 2015,
- John Studdert
2 PM a Talk by Neil Armfield AO Looking Forward: The Once and Future Ring
(DVD at 12 30 TBA)
Neil Armfield AO is a director of theatre, film and opera. He graduated from the University of Sydney with First Class Honours in English in 1977 and was appointed Co-Artistic Director of Nimrod Theatre Company in 1979. After a stint with Adelaide’s Lighthouse Theatre he joined the group purchasing Belvoir St Theatre and was first Artistic Director of Company B between 1994.and 2010. He has produced a number of prize-winning productions many of which have travelled internationally, including Diary of a Madman, The Tempest, Cloudstreet and The Secret River. Later in 2015 he will direct King Lear with his long-time collaborator Geoffrey Rush for the STC. His film Holding the Man has premiered this year at a number of Film Festivals. He will become co Director of the Adelaide Festival in 2017.
He has had an extensive career as an Opera Director, beginning with series of Janacek and Britten operas for Opera Austalia, Many productions have been picked up by companies such as the Welsh National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the Canadian Opera Company. His Tristan and Isolde for Opera Australia was widely praised. In 2013 he directed OA’s first complete Der Ring das Nibelungen, which won Helpmann Awards for Best Opera and Best Director. Neil spoke to the Wagner Society before that production and now returns to speak to us before the revival in Melbourne in November 2016.
Sunday 11 October 2.00 PM Goethe-Institut, 90 Ocean St, cnr Jersey Rd Woollahra
Followed by Afternoon Tea
All welcome - $20 for members, $25 for guests and $10 for students.
- 21 August 2015,
- John Studdert
From 2016 the Bayreuth Festival will be offering tickets to Wagner Socities. The (limited number) seats will be offered through the Richard Wagner Verband International of which our Society is a member. This is fantastic news and it is hoped that this positive initiative will be enhanced as the years progress. The decision certainly is consistant with Wolfgang Wagner's active promotion of Wagner Societies around the world when the festival was revived in the 1950s. The NSW Society President, Jane Mathews, Victorian Society President, Shirley Breeze and NSW Society Treasurer Dennis Mather played an active role in arguing the case at meetings of the Verband.