The Wagner Society of Southern California was founded in 1982 in Los Angeles by Dr. Sherwin Sloan. It’s been an active avenue of pursuit for those interested in Richard Wagner as an artist. Since then meetings and programs have been held approximately every other month with the finest of speakers, performances and rare media regarding Wagner’s life, music-dramas and influence.
From its inception the WSSC has had tributes honoring Wagnerian artists. Past tributes have been awarded to Hans Hotter, Jess Thomas, James King, Lyonie Rysanek, Helga Dernesch, Siegfried Jerusalem, Jane Eaglen, Linda Watson, Peter Seiffert and Petra-Maria Schnitzer, James Conlon, Antoine Wagner, Mirella Hagan with each honoree present. For over three decades the highlight of each summer is when members of the society journey to the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, lead by the society’s president.