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Inspirational people

John Wegner

Watercolur on paper
Size: 29 x 21 cm

  John Wegner

John Wegner is an operatic baritone who has sung in many of the worlds finest opera houses. In 1998 he performed Wotan/Wanderer for State Opera of South Australia winning the 1999 'Opera Performer of the Year' MO Award and in SOSA’s 2004 Ring cycle his performances of Alberich won him a Helpmann Award. I saw him in the later and then heard him speak to the Wagner Society of NSW, which is when this sketch was made. He struck me as a very humble and caring person.

More recently I saw him in New Zealand as Wotan in a concert performance of Die Walkurie with the NZSO. He was unwell and having issues with his voice and it was to his enormous credit that he continued and sang this demanding role despite his problems. I was so very impressed.


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