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Wagner Society of NY to Present Anton Seidl Award to Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

January 28, 2013
NEW YORK -- The Wagner Society of New York (WSNY) will present its Anton Seidl Award in 2013, the Richard Wagner bicentennial year, to the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The award, which recognizes the orchestra’s enormous contribution to the presentation of Wagner’s operas at the Met, is named in honor of Anton Seidl, who conducted the premieres of most Wagner operas at the Met and in Philadelphia . He was New York's leading symphonic conductor before his death here in 1898.

Inaugurated in 1997, the Anton Seidl Award is given to those who have made major contributions to the performance and appreciation of Wagner's works in the U.S. An occasional award (in the form of an elaborate scroll), it was first given to conductor James Levine (Met music director), followed by Birgit Nilsson and Jon Vickers, James Morris, Speight Jenkins (director of the Seattle Opera), Otto Schenk and Günther Schneider-Siemssen (director and designer respectively of the 1986-2009 Met Ring production), and, in 2010, to Plácido Domingo.

The award to the orchestra will be given in a private presentation by WSNY on May 17, 2013, with all the almost 150 orchestra members invited to attend.

"We appreciate the Wagner Society's choosing us for this prestigious award," said Robert Sirinek, Met Orchestra manager. Levine said, "This is a great and well-deserved honor for the extraordinary musicians of the Met Orchestra. They are an immensely talented, hardworking and inspiring group of artists, and I'm proud to have such a uniquely close association with them over 40 years. Thank you to the Wagner Society for recognizing the wonderful performances this orchestra has been giving the public for so long."

"We are honored to offer this accolade, in Wagner's bicentennial year, to the Met Orchestra, whose magnificent performances of Wagner’s works over the decades have meant so much to many thousands of Wagnerians around the world," said Nathalie D. Wagner, WSNY president. Now in its 35th year, the WSNY is the largest Wagner Society in North America. ##




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