28 December 2009

Orchestral Climax in Walküre

One my absolute favourite orchestral passages in Wagner is the climax after Wotan sings "Denn einer nur freie die Braut, der freier als ich, der Gott". This is Leonard Bernstein's interpretation from a Wagner concert in Vienna, 1985.

23 December 2009

Happy Holidays 2009!

Happy Holidays to all readers of the Wagner blog and Wagneropera.net! I hope the next year will be even more exciting than 2009.

And thanks to all who have contributed in some way or another!

Wagneropera.net Web statistics 2009 for nerds here

18 December 2009

Opera magazine with iPhone App

Opera magazine have an iPhone App of the magazine in the iTunes store. Exact Editions have just released a new and improved version of the App which enables the subscriber to 'synch' the contents of the most recent complete issue on to the phone. This enables faster reading and off-line reading (eg on the subway or in the interval!). The App can be bought on a trial subscription basis for 7 days and then renewed for additional periods of 7 or 30 days (a 30 days sub is £3.99/$ €. Subscriptions also offer the user access to a substantial archive of back issues from the last three years.

The Opera magazine iPhone App is in the App store

And a digital edition for access through any web browser can be sampled on the Exact Editions site. Annual subscriptions to the digital magazine cost £45.

11 December 2009

Wagneropera.net's YouTube Channel

Wagneropera.net's YouTube channel has been through a facelift operation, and a lot of new - rare - videos have been uploaded, like this video of one of my all time favourites, Christa Ludwig:

Visit Wagneropera.net's YouTube channel

05 December 2009

Siegfried Vorspiel Act 3

Leonard Bernstein and Wiener Philharmoniker: Siegfried Vorspiel Act 3. Thomas Stewart as Wotan. Wagner concert in Wien 1985.

30 November 2009

Waltraud Meier: O hehrstes Wunder

There are many great Sieglindes, and one of them is Waltraud Meier. Here she is in a production at La Scala.

Who is your favourite Sieglinde? Maybe Eva-Maria Westbroek?

28 November 2009

Tom Tykwer [NOT] to direct Wagner's Ring 2013 at Bayreuth

UPDATED: Katharina Wagner says that Tom Tykwer will NOT direct the Ring at Bayreuth in 2013.
According to a well-informed source, the film director Tom Tykwer will direct the Ring at Bayreuth in 2013. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth, so this production is regarded as a special event. There will be numerous Ring productions all over the world this year.

Tykwer is also a composer of film music. His soundtrack career grew out of financial necessity. According to his Homepage he had no budget for a composer, so turned his own hand to the task. These first composing experiences led him to the "great discovery that the composition process actually begins with the scriptwriting, and that with the search for the language of the film, it finds its tone melody and harmony." Meanwhile, Tom Tykwer has put his music to all his films.

Originally motivated by putting together a soundtrack, the music now composed by Pale 3 (Tykwer/Klimek/Heil) is not only film music. And in co-operation with Xaver Naudascher, the creative process of scoring music outside the realm of cinema is sometimes a kind of liberation. "It is like with writing or painting: with a semi-elaborate computer, music you think up can be transformed immediately. The music exists, regardless as to whether or not you have any financial backing."

Tom Tykwer's motto on his Homepage is:
"I like everything that speaks to me loudly, and that gives me a vision. I don't care about the genre. It's the same for all arts, and the same for film and for music."

Tom Tykwer's filmography:
True (short film)
The Princess + the Warrior
Run Lola Run
Winter Sleepers
Deadly Maria
Epilog (short film)
Because (short film)

Tom Tykwer's Homepage
Tom Tykwer on IMDB.com

26 November 2009

Luana Devol and Louis Gentile

"O sink hernieder" from the Act 2 of Tristan und Isolde (Antwerp). Silvio Varviso conducts. Luana Devol (Isolde) and Louis Gentile (Tristan) in a Willy Decker production originally from Leipzig.

William Johns and Gwyneth Jones

Some might find this clip from 1985 showing Gwyneth Jones and William Johns as Isolde and Tristan interesting. And as a bonus you can see Waltraud Meier lurking around in the night as Brangäne.

22 November 2009

Fake (?) Waltraud Meier profile on Facebook removed

From the first day the Waltraud Meier profile on Facebook appeared I suspected that the profile was fake. The publishing of WM's private email address being the most obvious hint that this was a fake profile. As time went by and hundreds of people became "friends" with "Waltraud Meier", there never came anything to suggest that it was Waltraud Meier, her assistant or her PR agency (if she uses one) that was behind the profile.

Anyone can make a profile on Facebook. Anyone can call themself what they want, impersonating whoever they want. A lot of fake profiles have been made, and are being made every day. Many artists feel vulnerable to this situation, and dislike that their fans are being mislead. Some impersonators of pop/rock stars have even taken advantage of young fans.

My advice to anyone being more or less famous is to take control over their name/brand, not only on Facebook, but the whole Internet. This would mean having an official homepage, making a group or fan page on Facebook and make an official Twitter account. Your Twitter account can be verified. And please inform the Internet users what is real and what is fake. It would be important to make sure that there is no doubt that the information is coming from the real person.

It's all about controlling your brand (your name), and - not least - controlling the information about your brand and assure the quality of that information. Whether you see this as good marketing or just care about the information about you on the web, the solution is in your hands.

Thomas Hampson has a very professional web presence, and on his homepage he has links to his Facebook page.

Here you can report fake Facebook profiles:

Thomas Hampson on Facebook
Kirsten Flagstad Museum on Facebook
Friends of Wagneropera.net on Facebook
Berliner Philharmoniker on Facebook

Waltraud Meier as Brangäne

By many considered the best Isolde of our time, Waltraud Meier actually came to Isolde via the role as Brangäne, which she did in the 80s (also at Bayreuth one year, 1986).

Here are two short clips (unfortunately of rather poor quality) showing Waltraud Meier as Brangäne. Brangäne is a role most of us don't associate with Waltraud Meier, especially those who discovered her after her breakthrough as Isolde, but the clips are at least of historical interest. In the "Einsam wachend in der Nacht" clip you can see Gwyneth Jones (Isolde) and William Johns (Tristan).

20 November 2009

Tim Blanning on Wagner and Saxony

Wagner Society in London: Professor Tim Blanning will give a talk on Wagner and Saxony at Swedenborg Institute Hall in London on 24 November 2009.

Tickets: 01462675638

12 November 2009

Sven-Eric Bechtolf reads Wagner

Sven-Eric Bechtolf, the actor and theater and opera director, interprets Wagner's original texts for his Ring des Nibelungen.

The Box includes 8 audio-CDs and one mp3-CD. CD 9 contains the whole Ring reading (MP3).


09 November 2009

WNO Götterdämmerung (concert performance)

Unbridled greed is a principal theme of Wagner’s Ring cycle, and Wagneropera.net's Washington correspondent, Jerry Floyd, finds it ironic that the greed-induced global financial crisis caused the cancellation of this autumn’s planned series of Ring cycles by The Washington National Opera.

The troupe instead opted for two concert performances of Götterdämmerung at the Kennedy Center Opera House, featuring a number of singers originally scheduled for the complete Ring.

The first performance, on 7 November, was memorable because of sterling performances by soprano Iréne Theorin, Brünnhilde, and bass-baritone Gidon Saks, Hagen.

An additional performance of Götterdämmerung is scheduled for 15 November.

Read Jerry Floyd's WNO Götterdämmerung review here

03 November 2009

Siegfried Idyll

Visit The Berlin Philharmonic's YouTube Channel for more BP videos

Write about your Bayreuth experience

Have you ever attended the Bayreuth Festival? Which productions did you see? How was the experience?

Write a short essay on your Bayreuth experience and you may even win Festival photografer Enrico Nawrath's new book Bayreuth Backstage. Deadline 31 November 2009.

Read more here about where to send your contribution

01 November 2009

Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Meier in Tristan

Waltraud Meier can be heard as Isolde in a concert performance of Tristan and Isolde at Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 5 and 7 November. Daniel Harding will conduct Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Waltraud Meier, Isolde
John Mac Master, Tristan
Mihoko Fujimura, Brangäne
Franz-Josef Selig, Marke
Michael Vier, Melot / Kurwenal

More info

23 October 2009

Stemme in first complete Ring at San Francisco Opera

According to Opera magazine, Nina Stemme will sing Brünnhilde in her first complete Ring cycle in Francesca Zambello's production at San Francisco Opera in summer 2011.

Ian Storey will sing Siegfried, Mark Delavan Wotan, Anja Kempe Sieglinde and Brandon Jovanovich Siegmund. Donald Runnicles will conduct.

21 October 2009

Jon Fredric West to replace Ian Storey

American tenor Jon Fredric West will sing Siegfried in Washington National Opera's upcoming concert performances of Götterdammerung. Ian Storey has had to withdraw from Götterdammerung, as well as from his two performances of Ariadne auf Naxos, due to a severe chest infection.

Only two performances: Sat, Nov 7 and Sun, Nov 15, 2009.

15 October 2009

New York Philharmonic receives $2.4 million to digitize the orchestra’s archives

New York Philharmonic receives $2.4 million grant from the Leon Levy Foundation to digitize 1.3 million pages of the orchestra’s archives.

Leonard Bernstein’s marked conducting scores will be first material released, according to www.leonardbernstein.com.

“I’ve been here 25 years, and this is life-changing,” said Barbara Haws, the Philharmonic’s archivist to The New York Times. “Access is one thing, but since we’re digitizing these documents, you’ll also have the ability to see details you’ve never been able to see: a score marked by Mahler in 1909 and used by Bernstein in 1959, a conductor making marks in the heat of the moment, some old and faded, can now be enlarged, which is just magical. On a single page there are multiple experiences reflected over time.”

A tad off topic, but this is Bernstein conducting Wagner:

13 October 2009

Recommendations to a Wagner Virgin

Wagner recommendationsI asked Wagneropera.net's followers on Twitter what they would recommend a Wagner virgin to listen to.

This is what they recommended:

Lohengrin Act 1 prelude
Meistersinger Quintet
Tannhäuser Overture
Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries.
Walküre: Winterstürme
Siegfried's Funeral March
Parsifal: Good Friday Music

Die Walküre
The Flying Dutchman

What would YOU recommend to a person who wanted to try listening to Wagner for the first time?

Birgit Nilsson Prize Award Ceremony today

The first-ever Birgit Nilsson Prize Award Ceremony will take place today in the Royal Swedish Opera. H.M. King Carl Gustaf will personally hand over the Birgit Nilsson Prize to the designated winner Plácido Domingo in Stockholm.

Programme for The Birgit Nilsson Prize Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Press Conference in the afternoon
5 p.m. Reception at the Royal Swedish Opera
6 p.m. Festive Award Ceremony at the Royal Swedish Opera
7 p.m. official cocktail reception for the audience
7 p.m. onwards: photo material from the ceremony will be available

Birgit Nilsson Prize Award Website

12 October 2009

Franz Winter reads Wagner's Meistersinger

If you are tired of listening to Meistersinger, maybe you should try Franz Winter’s reading (!) of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. According to the record company, it makes for an enthralling and thoroughly entertaining audio experience. The live reading from the Tyrolean Festival Erl is in German.

Recording Date July 2007
Recording Location Passionsspielhaus Erl


08 October 2009

The Road to the LA Ring

According to the Los Angeles Opera, the first "Road to the Ring" events have set a path to the Festival and garnered enthusiasm from participants across the region.

Search lights brought people from miles away to view Charles Sherman's Ring of Inclusion sculpture on Sunset Boulevard August 28. In mid-September, artists from the California Art Club gathered downtown at California Plaza and in Pasadena at Maranantha High School to paint models enacting scenes from the Ring in plein air.

In anticipation of the September 26 opening of LA Opera's first-ever production of Siegfried, the Speakers Bureau has been on the road lecturing about the opera at public libraries throughout Los Angeles. James Conlon, LA Opera's Richard Seaver Music Director, discussed Wagner's monumental work at the Broad Stage on September 24. Achim Freyer, Ring Director/Designer, conversed with journalist Matthew Gurewitsch at the Goethe Institut on September 29th.

24 September 2009

Holten and Herheim with Tannhäuser

Scandinavia's perhaps two most interesting opera directors, Kasper Holten and Stefan Herheim, will both do new Tannhäuser productions this winter.

First out is Danish Kasper Holten, who is Artistic Director of the Royal Danish Opera. His Tannhäuser production will premiere on 20 December 2009. Wagner lovers will know Holten's work from the Copenhagen Ring, one of the most Kasper Holteninteresting Rings on the DVD market, a great achievement the Royal Danish Opera can be very proud of.

Wagneropera.net asked Holten about his upcoming Tannhäuser. How is it possible to make this opera make sense for the modern man?

Read the interview with Kasper Holten here

On 6 March 2010 Stefan Herheim's production of Tannhäuser will premiere in Oslo. Visually and thematically the opera situation in Norway will play a certain role. Norwegians are not used to so called Regietheater productions, and wouldn't immediately expect to see the Salvation Army in a Tannhäuser production, which they will. This will be Herheim's first Wagner in Oslo, and expectations are high after his successful Wagner productions in Berlin (Lohengrin) and Bayreuth (Parsifal).

Read the Tannhäuser interview with Kasper Holten here
The Royal Danish Opera

23 September 2009

James Conlon on the Ring cycle

As part of the "Road to the Ring," you can enjoy a rare "up-close" encounter with Maestro James Conlon, the Music Director of LA Opera, at the Broad Stage, Thursday 24 September 7:30PM 2009.

The Ring cycle, one of the most influential works of Western art, follows the adventures of gods, heroes and mythical creatures struggling for posession of a magic ring that grants domination over the entire world.

Renowned for his interpretations of Richard Wagner's repertoire, Maestro Conlon will conduct his first Ring cycle in the United States as part of LA Opera's 2009/10 Season.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Reserve seats on the Event page

The Broad Stage
1310 11th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

16 September 2009

Hans Hotter Centenary Week

Hans Hotter Centenary Week, 23rd – 30th October 2009: This course at the Lodge Hill Centre, Watersfield, Sussex covers not only the roles of Wotan and Gurnemanz sung at Bayreuth by one of the 20th century’s greatest Wagnerians, but also his roles in the Barber of Seville, Strauss’s Die Schweigsame Frau and Boris Godunov and his singing of Palestrina and Die Winterreise.

The speakers are Penelope Turing, author of "Hans Hotter - Man and Artist" and David Stannard and other participants include tenor John Dobson, Hotter’s biographer Donald Arthur and his daughter Gabriele Strauss.

More information and registration: +44 20 78286712

14 September 2009

More Off Topic: Norway

It's election day today in Norway, so it could be kind of legitimate to post this video showing how Michael Moore experienced the country when he came.

08 September 2009

Off topic: Rusalka (Paul Curran)

Rusalka in Oslo will be performed:
8. sep.
9. sep.
11. sep.
12. sep.
15. sep.
16. sep.

Nowegian wonderboy conductor Eivind Gullberg Jensen is conducting


07 September 2009

Andrew Shore on Bayreuth

Jim Pritchard has interviewed Andrew Shore about singing at Bayreuth. Shore has been praised by critics and the public for his Alberich in the Dorst Ring.

When Shore was asked about how the performances are rehearsed at Bayreuth he answered:

I think they achieve tremendous things here. I saw Stefan Herheim’s Parsifal production and although it is not an opera I know particularly well and so didn’t understand everything the director was doing with it, I could see how it all related in some way to the text. It was almost cinematographic with the stage pictures changing as the text moved through. It was very good considering the shortage of rehearsal time you get on stage here. There are seven productions to put on and so there are seven first nights almost in a row and it leaves very little stage time for each one.

Of course when we started with the Ring in 2006, the obviously that first year gets the longest preparation. We rehearsed the four Ring operas from the middle of May through to the opening night in late July. Even eight weeks or so is not enough considering the enormity of the undertaking, so traditionally they always have a few preliminary rehearsals the year before and I came out in 2005 whilst that Festival was on to do one week’s rehearsal on the opening of Siegfried Act II and the Hagen scene in Götterdämmerung. That’s all I did then so when I came back in 2006 we did the rehearsals proper.

Now for this year it went to the other extreme and we did very little rehearsing. The 19th June was the earliest I could get here because I was singing in Milan. I assumed that rehearsals might have already begun before I got here but no: that was when everyone was starting so virtually all we had time to do was cover each scene that we were in once; just to make sure we remembered it. Naturally there are the orchestra rehearsals which are always held in the restaurant and then towards the end of the schedule you go on stage for the final rehearsals with the orchestra. When I first came back here in 2007 it was a shock to find how little revival time there was, but you get used to the system and that is just the way it is. At the Festspielhaus there are 6 or 7 different rehearsal stages most of which can accommodate large sections of the set even if they cannot take the whole thing. The sets are usually constructed in such a way that they can be wheeled around in units from one of these stages to another.

Shore's view on the Dorst Ring is very similar to what almost everyone thinks:

I must be honest and say I was disappointed and had expected more when I first started work on this Ring because, naturally, one comes to Bayreuth with the expectation – right or wrong – that you are going to see something exciting and done in the proper way. Of course, what you discover is that those things depend entirely on the creative team and Bayreuth is no different in any respect from anywhere else in that.

The first Alberich - and indeed Wagner – I had done was at ENO when Phyllida Lloyd directed the Ring. Now whatever you may think of Phyllida’s production it had been very carefully thought through and, from a performer’s point of view, it was richly rewarding because my character was fleshed out. I understood my motivation, my relationship with everyone else, and where I stood in the contemporary world if you wished to make that parallel association. Having dealt with all that I come here to be confronted with what I can honestly say is a very naïve approach – but I think deliberately so – on the part of the director.

Tankred Dorst is someone who, as far as I know, is steeped in the mythology of the Ring particularly from the literary point of view. He clearly respects the simple narrative of the words and instructions as they are they are presented in the text. One cannot criticise him too much from a personal point of view because he has never produced an opera before and he has come to it with his own best intentions. That is why the curtain comes in so many times in this staging because the text says that the curtain comes in and so that is what has happen. His starting point is the text and I suspect this is why he got this idea, which for me is a very simple and insubstantial one, of having the modern world creeping into scenes. Sometimes so much happens in musical terms between the time these extraneous characters appear and then reappear that the audience are really puzzled as to what they are doing there. So it would have been better if the modern world idea had been followed through more and showed that the mythology had some real relevance to the modern world.

I repeat: I do think it is all due to Tankred Dorst’s lack of experience in opera and he is a thoroughly nice man. Now in my fourth year here, I increasingly feel I am much more in control of what I am doing; you come in the first year as an innocent Englishman waiting to be told what to do, how to sing it, when to come out, where to sit and all that. You end up feeling that you must please everyone as much as possible and that is not what a performer should really be doing. Now I’ve come through all of that and do feel I’ve seized control of what I do with regard to the acting and, within prevailing limitations, feel freer to do what I think is right because the director is only too happy for me to do that, it seems.

Andrew Shore was supposed to wear a costume with an extra head, but luckily this was dropped:

The designer and director wanted Alberich to appear as a rather more inhuman sort of figure and I would have a false head sitting on top of my own and my face would be blacked out. So picture this, if you can, an unmoving head with a fixed facial expression with which, of course, there were several problems when we tried it out in rehearsal. Firstly, it was difficult to move around without the head falling off, but the main problem was that I felt it was distracting from the way I wanted to express Alberich - which required using my real face and not a false one. I felt instinctively that it would only be a matter of time before I had to put my foot down about it.

Fortunately I had Wolfgang on my side about this. At that stage he was still very much around and had the habit of appearing at rehearsals anytime unannounced and sat at the corner of the stage resting his chin on his stick while we were going through things and the production staff were in the auditorium. There were two things about this; first of all I found it so moving that the composer’s grandson was watching me perform Alberich with his face wreathed in beaming smiles and I thought to myself ‘Isn’t this wonderful’ because he was obviously appreciating what I was doing. More importantly, however, whenever that wretched head appeared he would make a real fuss about it because, as everyone knows, he was always very outspoken and would start shouting out his opinions in his rough Bavarian German. It came to the point where he started hiding the head so we couldn’t use it and people would be rushing round saying ‘Have you seen the head?’ Wolfgang would sit there – as innocent as could be – having hidden it. He hated it and I am so grateful for him speaking up.

On working with Christian Thielemann, Andrew Shore says:

Well the music is on a completely different level for me and it is astonishing the sounds that he gets from the orchestra. They are, of course, all hand-picked players; they have played this together for four years now and many could have played it with him before, so they know how to respond to his every gesture. Watching him mould and shape the music is wonderful yet he retains the freedom from one performance to another to slightly change little corners, taking a bit more time here or there and you know you just have to keep you eye on him all the time to respond to those little moments.

Read the whole interview here

Andrew Shore on the prompter's role at Bayreuth

06 September 2009

Seattle Ring in August

Three complete cycles of Seattle Opera’s production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen has recently been performed at McCaw Hall.

The production was first unveiled in 2001, "inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest". Director Stephen Wadsworth and conductor Robert Spano, music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, returned for this summer’s production, which featured singers like Janice Baird, Stig Andersen and Greer Grimsley.

On Seattle Opera’s website, guest bloggers have been invited to contribute to the Seattle Opera blog, and the blog also featured a daily caption-writing contest. Doing what all opera houses in my opinion should do, the Seattle Opera used YouTube as part of their marketing stretegy. A new video series called The Road to Valhalla gave viewers a look behind the scenes into the complex activities that go into producing the Ring Cycle, and trailers (see below) were also put on YouTube.

The Seattle Ring videos

Das Rheingold - the Seattle Opera Way

Die Walküre - the Seattle Opera Way

Siegfried - the Seattle Opera Way

Götterdämmerung - the Seattle Opera Way

The Seattle Opera
The Seattle Opera Blog

02 September 2009

Seattle Opera Ring: The Road to Valhalla, part 1-5

For the performances of three full Ring cycles at the Seattle Opera, several informative videos were made, covering the rehearsals, costumes, sets and props, special effects and orchestra/chorus. The videos give a great glimpse of the backstage life.



Sets and Props

Special effects

Orchestra and Chorus

31 August 2009

Stukas (1941) - scene from Festspielhaus

A short scene from the feature film "Stukas" (1941), directed by Karl Ritter, was made in the Festspielhaus at Bayreuth. The scene shows a depressed and apathetic bomber being cured by listening to Götterdämmerung at the Festspielhaus. The music – which he says would have sounded even better played "vierhändig" on a piano (!) – gives him spirit and energy to return to the battle field.

More on "Stukas"
Wagner music in movies

29 August 2009

Bayreuth Festival 2010

Thomas Jesatko as Klingsor. Photo: Enrico Nawrath

The Bayreuth Festival 2010 dates are now official, but no cast info has been released yet on the Festival's Homepage.

The Festival opens with a new Lohengrin production by Hans Neuenfels, with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. Andris Nelson will conduct. Annette Dasch will sing Elsa and Evelyn Herlitzius Ortrud.

Reliable sources state that Daniele Gatti will return for Parsifal and that Susan Maclean will replace Mihoko Fujimura as Kundry. But allegedly Herheims production team is not granted the means needed to develope the production according to the Werkstatt Bayreuth tradition. During the Festival Katharina Wagner annonunced that the production neither will be part of the Public-Viewing-Program nor be released on DVD. As I have written before, this decision is a serious mistake, which I hope the Bayreuth Festival's new partner Opus Arte will help change. I get letters from Wagner lovers who express their frustration about this, and one quoted Barry Millington's 2008 review in The Wagner Journal, calling it "one of the finest stagings of the work ever seen at Bayreuth, or anywhere else".

25. July Lohengrin
27. July Das Rheingold
28. July Die Walküre
29. July Parsifal
30. July Siegfried
01. August Götterdämmerung
02. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
03. August Lohengrin
05. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
06. August Lohengrin
07. August Parsifal
08. August Das Rheingold
09. August Die Walküre
10. August Parsifal
11. August Siegfried
12. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
13. August Götterdämmerung
14. August Parsifal
15. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
17. August Lohengrin
18. August Parsifal
19. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
20. August Das Rheingold
21. August Die Walküre
22. August Lohengrin
23. August Siegfried
25. August Götterdämmerung
26. August Parsifal
27. August Lohengrin
28. August Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Festspiele 2009 is history

"Only 11 months..." The Bayreuth Festival 2009 ended yesterday with the last performance (ever?) of Christoph Marthaler's production of Tristan und Isolde.

Next year will include Jonas Kaufmann as Lohengrin, so I expect the Box Office is expecting a lot of ticket applications from young women.

The comic strip is a detail from a strip by Klaus Häring. On his website one can find funny goods like comic-books, postcards, t-shirts, cups around Wagner and his heroes.

26 August 2009

Bayreuth Partnership With Roland Ott and Opus Arte

Parsifal is currently not on Opus Arte's and Bayreuth's recording schedule.

Opus Arte, the Royal Opera House’s multi-platform arts production and distribution company, has announced the start of a long term partnership with the Bayreuth Festival.

The announcement of the signing was made at a press conference in Bayreuth today by Katharina Wagner together with Roland Ott, the new Managing Director of Opus Arte.

In the press release Opus Arte does not mention the absurdity of releasing the totally braindead production from Tancred Dorst (Die Walküre) when the truly innovative Parsifal is trashed for reasons only Katharina Wagner is able to understand.

The first mission of Opus Arte must be to make sure that Parsifal is reincluded in the recording schedule. Hier gilt's der Kunst. Or does it?

The first recording to be released on DVD will be Christoph Marthaler’s production of Tristan und Isolde, scheduled for release in Novem ber 2009. It was recorded at this summer’s festival with a great cast: Robert Dean Smith, Iréne Theorin, Robert Holl and Jukka Rasilainen. The production is greatly underestimated by both press and public.

The DVD will be followed by the release of the Thielemann Ring on CDs.

Tony Hall, Chairman of Opus Arte and Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House said: "This is an exciting, long term agreement between Opus Arte, the Royal Opera House and Bayreuth. Roland Ott and I want to bring the very best opera and ballet recordings to audiences all over the world."

Well, if Tony Hall and Roland Ott want to show that this is not fancy words, they should talk some sense into the current leaders of Bayreuth and change the recording schedule.

Katharina Wagner commented on the new cooperation: ‘I am very happy that, after a long time of talking to and discussing with several major labels, we now found a partner that not only is able to provide the high quality and the specific image that fits very well with the world wide unique Bayreuth Festival but also is willing to become one of the very few and selected long­time partners we can definitely rely on’.

24 August 2009

Road to the Ring - Events leading up to Ring Festival in Los Angeles

From 29 May to 26 June 2010 Los Angeles Opera will perform three complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen.

Before this great Ring Festival, several forces will produce Ring or Wagner related events, starting in November 2009. A wide variety of lectures, screenings, concerts and more will be great additions to the Ring performances.

Here's the programme
LA Opera Ring

20 August 2009

Bayreuther Festspiele with weak leadership

Katharina Wagner has decided not to record Parsifal and release the Herheim production on DVD. No good reasons has been given except a nonsensical statement: „Es gibt Probleme mit der Rechteübertragung.“

A leader is supposed to find solutions. There has been money issues discussed regarding a development of the production in the Bayreuth Werkstatt spirit. These matters could have been (or: still can be) solved if there had been sufficient will from the management.

Finding a solution to this conflict is very important to the Wagner world - and I would also say to the Bayreuth Festival. Giving the world the postcard production of Die Walküre makes no sense when a spectacular and ground breaking production like Parsifal - a symbol of the new, post-Wolfgang era - can be produced. The signals that are being sent out is that there is some kind of management crisis on the Green Hill.

The Parsifal production is perfect for DVD, and the Wagner world should have it documented for posterity. It is a matter of history writing and documenting the productions that really are valuable. Wasn't the new policy supposed to be "openness"? Recording the Tancred Dorst Walküre as a substitution is really an insult to the opera and Bayreuth lovers.

As I said: A leader is supposed to find solution. Not releasing Parsifal on DVD is no solution.

Happy birthday, Anne Evans!

Anne Evans sang Brünnhilde in Harry Kupfer's Bayreuth Ring. In an interview with Wagneropera.net she says appearing at the Bayreuth Festival as Brünnhilde was the pinnacle of her career. Only one thing equalled it, she says, and that was singing Isolde, which she unfortunately never did at Bayreuth.

Anne Evans interviewd by Wagneropera.net

19 August 2009

Hildegard Behrens dies at 72

One of the finest Wagnerian dramatic sopranos after WWII, Hildegard Behrens, died Tuesday in a hospital in Tokyo at the age of 72.

Hildegard Behrens's career as a singer began in 1971. In 1973 she became an ensemble member of Deutschen Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf-Duisburg and (in 1974) also a member of Oper Frankfurt. After some minor roles she sang Marie in Alban Berg's "Wozzeck". In 1976 she made her début at Covent Garden as Leonore (Fidelio) and at the Metropolitan as Giorgetta (Il tabarro).

Hildegard Behrens's international career rocketed when Herbert von Karajan offered her the lead role in Richard Strauss's "Salome" at the Salzburg Festival in 1977.

Her career centred around the operas of Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss and Mozart. She can be heard as Brünnhilde on the recordings of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by respectively James Levine (also released on DVD) and Wolfgang Sawallisch (also released on VHS). Behrens delivered a wonderful performance as Isolde on Leonard Bernstein's recording of Tristan und Isolde (1981).

Hildegard Behrens sang Brünnhilde at the Bayreuth Festival in the Peter Hall / George Solti Ring (1983-86).

Hildegard Behrens appeared regularly on opera stages all over the world, with conductors like Herbert von Karajan, Karl Böhm, Leonard Bernstein, James Levine and Wolfgang Sawallisch.

18 August 2009

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Bayreuth tomorrow

Tomorrow The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will give a concert in Bayreuth (Stadthalle).

The programme:
Liszt, Les Préludes
Wagner, Vorspiel und Liebestod
Berlioz, Symphonie Fanstastique

Daniel Barenboim's schedule

14 August 2009

Last chance: Radio broadcast from Bayreuth

Tomorrow you can hear the radio broadcast of Siegfried from Bayreuther Festspiele 2009. The recording was made 30 July. Programme starts at 1730 CET.

On Sunday Bayern 4 Klassik is broadcasting Götterdämmerung, recorded 1 August, at 1705 CET.

Bayern 4 Klassik

09 August 2009

Great transmission of Tristan from Bayreuth

The Public viewing (20.000 at the Volksfestplatz) and Internet streaming of Christoph Marthaler's production of Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth was a great success. Christoph Marthaler's production obviously profits from close-ups because there are lots of details like facial expressions you won't see from the auditorium.

Robert Dean Smith and Iréne Theorin were both great vocally, but I was more fascinated by the vocally more reserved Jukka Rasilainen's portrayal of Kurwenal as an insecure, naïve, and rather helpless unmanly man. A great performance!

The sets were great, although somewhat claustrophobic. In Act 2 and 3 the walls from the previous Act(s) were reused. The walls were lifted a couple of metres for each Act, so that Act 3 took place in the basement. Very elegantly done. And yes, also in this Bayreuth production you'll find a janitor (!), as you will in Katharina's Meistersinger (Nachtwächter) and Dorst's Rheingold. The janitor here was the Shepherd, walking around in the background, not understanding the Neon Light Bulbs.

The sound was rather metallic on my systems, with some occasional, not too serious interference. The picture quality was great, and the editing was superior for a live transmission. A great improvement from last year's transmission of Meistersinger.

I am very much looking forward to the DVD release!

Off Topic: Michael Jackson is dead

Tristan live to your computer today

Today you can watch Christoph Marthaler's production of Tristan und Isolde from the Bayreuth Festival - on your computer.

Read more about it here

07 August 2009

One buttock Wagner - or: Everyone loves classical music

Benjamin Zander is Music Director of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra. Zander is also a great speaker, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. The best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, co-authored with his partner, leading psychotherapist Rosamund Zander, has been translated into sixteen languages. In 2002 Zander was awarded the "Caring Citizen of the Humanities" Award by the International Council for Caring Communities at the United Nations.

On this 20 min video you can hear him talk passionately about his view that everyone loves classical music. It is truly inspirational. Does this also mean that everyone loves Wagner?

06 August 2009

Opening night at Glyndebourne: Tristan with Torsten Kerl

Opening night at Glyndebourne: Tristan with Torsten Kerl. This is a revival of the 2003 Festival Production. It is available on DVD with Nina Stemme and Robert Gambill.

Tristan und Isolde will be performed:
August: 6, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30

Principal singers
Tristan Torsten Kerl
Isolde Anja Kampe
Brangäne Sarah Connolly
Kurwenal Andrzej Dobber
King Mark Georg Zeppenfeld

More info on Glyndebourne's Homepage

05 August 2009

Public viewing

According to Die Zeit, the public at Volksfestplatz in Bayreuth will be presented the not very exciting Walküre (stage director: Tancred Dorst) next year.

Then the following operas will be shown:
2011 Lohengrin (premiere this year)
2012 Tannhäuser (premiere this year)
2013 The Complete Ring (premiere this year)

I am not sure this policy is wise. At Bayreuth productions normally grow and mature for each year. Wolfgang Wagner knew this. Thank god Chereau's Ring or Kupfer's Ring were not recorded the first year!

Quality suffers - sensationalism wins. I totally agree with the new leaders wanting to get out of the bunker, but quality must always have first priority. Commercializing is good, but the quality of the product is sacred.

20.000 Bayreuthers are expected to see the public viewing of Tristan on Sunday.

What is your view on this?

04 August 2009

Tickets available for the Birgit Nilsson Prize Award Ceremony

Ticket sales will start today for the Birgit Nilsson Prize Award Ceremony, which will take place in the Royal Swedish Opera on 13 October 2009. H.M. King Carl Gustaf will personally hand over the Birgit Nilsson Prize to the designated winner Plácido Domingo in Stockholm.

The award ceremony is open to the public.

Homepage of the The Birgit Nilsson Prize Award

Birgit Nilsson at Bayreuth

03 August 2009

Thieleman Ring postponed

The release of Christian Thieleman's eagerly awaited Ring recording from Bayreuth 2008 has been postponed, but will hopefully reach the shops in late Autumn, BF Medien says.

It was scheduled to be released for the opening of the 2009 Festival.

Daniele Gatti with a faster Parsifal 2009

Much has been written about Daniele Gatti's slow tempi in last year's Bayreuth production of Parsifal. Maybe he felt that the chosen tempi last year were too extreme, for this year his "new" interpretation is a bit more aligned with the general expectations.

From the first bar of Sunday's performance at Bayreuth, one could hear that Daniele Gatti had chosen a swifter approach, and that the orchestra played better for him now. The sound was more polished and mainstream, perhaps losing some of the eccentricity from the first year - which I appreciated. Anyway, as heard on the radio, the performance moved up a couple of levels from last year.

I made some comparisons between yesterday's performance and the premiere performance 2008, which indicates Gatti's new faster approach:

Act 1

From the first bar to Gurnemanz's "He! Ho! Waldhüter ihr"
2009: 13:08
2008: 14:36
Still slow, even compared to Mr. Slow Himself, Hans Knappertsbusch: 12:14 (1962)

From the first bar to Kundry's "Nicht Dank! Haha! Was wird es helfen?"
2009: 27:10
2008: 28:57

From the first bar to Kundry's "Ich ... helfe nie"
2009: 33:44
2008: 35:42

From the first bar to Dritter Knappe's "Doch, Väterchen, sag' und lehr' uns fein"
2009: 38:36
2008: 40:44


Act 3

From the first bar to Gurnemanz's "Von dorther kam das Stöhnen"
2009: 05:02
2008: 05:48

From the first bar to "Heil dir, mein Gast!"
2009: 13:23
2008: 14:58

From the first bar to Parsifal's "Heil mir, dass ich dich wiederfinde!"
2009: 20:33
2008: 22:08

From the first bar to Und ich, ich bin's,
2009: 30:44
2008: 32:15

02 August 2009

Parsifal at Bayreuth today

Today is the first performance at the 2009 Bayreuth Festival of Stefan Herheim's Parsifal production. The cast will be almost identical to last year.

You can hear the transmission on Bayerische Rundfunk 4 Klassik

Photo showing Detlef Roth as Amfortas. Photo: Enrico Nawrath

01 August 2009

Competition: "A Bayreuth Experience"

Join Wagneropera.net's Bayreuth Festival competition and win Enrico Nawrath's book "Bayreuth Backstage". The book is loaded with great photographs from the mysterious life backstage.

Write an article - short or long - (in English) about one or several of your experiences from the Bayreuth Festival. It could be a travel letter, your favourite Bayreuth operatic experience, your worst Bayreuth operatic experience, a production you liked or disliked, a Wahnfried experience - you make the rules, as long as the article is related to the Bayreuth Festival.

Short or long? You decide. All entries will be published on Wagneropera.net.

Deadline is 31 November 2009.

The winner of the book "Bayreuth Backstage" will be drawn in December.

Send your entry to editor@wagneropera.net

Bayreuth Tristan via Internet on Sunday 9 August

The Wagner Festival in Bayreuth 2009 has started, and if you are among the ones who don't have a ticket, you can always see one of the performances on your computer - simultaneously with the audience in the Bayreuth Festival Theatre. This year Siemens Festival Night 2009 presents Christoph Marthaler's production of Tristan und Isolde on Sunday, 9 August 2009, 3 PM CET, live from the Bayreuth Festival Theatre (transmission begins at 2.45 p.m.).

The price is only €14.90

I haven't seen the Marthaler Tristan, so I cannot recommend the production. It doesn't seem to be a favourite, though, neither among the critics nor the public. My colleague blogger Mostly Opera says this about Christoph Marthaler's productions: "The occasional problem with Marthaler, however, is that his idea of "everyday life" constitues an endlessly sad grey-shaded world of what looks like a closed Eastern European working class environment 30 years ago." Read Mostly Opera's review of his Tristan here.

Last year Katharina Wagner's production of Meistersinger could be seen all over the world. Next year Herheim's Parsifal is scheduled to shown.

With the webcast you can either watch the performance live on 9 August 2009 or you have one possibility to watch it on demand at a time of your own choice between the 10th and 23rd of August 2009.

All broadcast times are stated in Central European Summer Time.

Read more about seeing Tristan from Bayreuth at home here

27 July 2009

Bayreuth Backstage - Photos by Enrico Nawrath

Bayreuth Festival's official photographer, Enrico Nawrath, has taken photographs from the hidden world behind the scene.

The book includes a foreword by Katharina Wagner. It is available from the Online Store at Bayreuther-festspiele.de

More info will follow shortly.

Barenboim kehrt zurück?

According to Gesellschaft der Freunde von Bayreuth via Festspiele.de Daniel Barenboim will return to Bayreuth on 19 August with his West-Eastern Orchestra.

25 July 2009

Bayreuth Festival 2009 opens today

Today the Bayreuth Festival 2009 opens with the Christoph Marthaler production of Tristan und Isolde. No newcomers there, but elsewhere we see some new names: Christian Franz has returned to Bayreuth to sing Siegfried (as he did 2001-2004); the Wolfgang Schmidt (the Siegfried in the Kirchner/Rosalie Ring) will sing both Mimes, Ain Anger makes his Bayreuth debut as Fafner, Alan Titus replaces Franz Hawlata and will sing Hans Sachs in Katharina Wagners controversial production.

24 July 2009

Hélène Grimaud concert in Villa Wahnfried today

Hélène Grimaud will perform in Villa Wahnfried today, the day before the official opening of the 2009 Bayreuth Festival. Grimaud is performing exclusively for the international charity project Kindercamp Villa Sans Souci. With this charity event Hélène Grimaud is embarking on a series of concerts and cultural events devoted to the Kindercamp Villa Sans Souci initiative. The concert is given to a limited number of 80 guests who are all dedicated to supporting children and young people with life-threatening illnesses.

19 July 2009

Waltraud Meier Recital Tomorrow

Tomorrow Waltraud Meier will give a recital at Nationaltheater during the Munich Opera Festival 2009. Joseph Breinl will accompany her on the piano. Unfortunately I will not have the opportunity to be present.


Franz Schubert
Wehmut (op. 22, D 772)
Die Forelle
Gretchen am Spinnrad
Der Erlkönig

Richard Strauss
Wie sollten wir geheim sie halten
Die Nacht

Vier letzte Lieder

10 July 2009

In fernem Land - many versions on Wagneropera.net

On the Themes section of Wagneropera.net, I have started to collect versions of Lohengrin's Grail narrative, In fernem Land (Act 3 of Lohengrin). My personal favourite is Sandor Konya, who is unsurpassed when it comes to expressing the tragedy of Lohengrin's destiny. Konya is THE Lohengrin as a tragic hero. Sandor Konya sang Lohengrin at Bayreuth in 1958, 59, 60 and 1967.

A wonderful, but highly eccentric, version is Ivan Kozlovsky's Gralserzählung. I must confess I had never heard him before I heard this on YouTube. Hearing Lohengrin in Russian is a treat in itself, and Kozlovsky sings both beautifully and with a very personal approach, which I like.

In fernem Land - many versions

08 July 2009

New issue of The Wagner Journal

The Wagner Journal is out with a new issue, featuring:
  • "Style and Sonority in Wagner String Performance" by David Milsom
  • "Reflections on Phrasing and Expressive Gesture in Wagner Singing" by Simon Trezise
  • "‘Enthüllet den Gral’: Towards a Methodology of Historical Wagner Recordings" by Roger Allen
  • "Gesamt Werk Kunst: A Few New Thoughts" by Keith Warner

Reviews include
  • Anti-Romantic Ring Bears Fruit in Orange County. Katherine Syer, drawing on a conversation with Achim Freyer, introduces the new Los Angeles cycle; Simon Williams reviews the first two instalments
  • A Holländer for the Credit Crunch. Tash Siddiqui is impressed by the new production at Covent Garden
  • Strings Attached. Barry Millington reports on contrasting productions of ‘Lohengrin’ in Berlin and London
Also of great interest: David Breckbill examines the complex artistry of Knappertsbusch

The cover photo shows Klaus Florian Vogt as Lohengrin in the production by Stefan Herheim at the Staatsoper, Berlin.

The Wagner Journal
Subscriptions here

07 July 2009

Anne Evans recommends Wagner

Wagneropera.net asked some Wagnerians to recommend Wagner productions on CD or DVD. This is what celebrated Brünnhilde and Isolde, Dame Anne Evans, recommends:

1. Tristan und Isolde (DVD)
Jean-Pierre Ponnelle / Daniel Barenboim.
René Kollo, Johanna Meier, Matti Salminen.
2. Der fliegende Holländer (DVD)
Harry Kupfer / Woldemar Nelsson.
Lisbeth Balslev, Simon Estes, Matti Salminen.
3. Tristan und Isolde (CD)
Carlos Kleiber, Staatskapelle Dresden (DGG, 1982).
René Kollo, Margaret Price, Brigitte Fassbaender, Kurt Moll, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
4. Der Ring des Nibelungen (CD)
Herbert von Karajan. Berliner Philharmoniker.
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Jon Vickers, Helga Dernesch, Jess Thomas
5. Szenen aus Götterdämmerung (CD)
Thomas Beecham / London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Frida Leider, Emanuel List, Fritz Soot, Herbert Janssen, Kerstin Thorborg. (Preiser 90266)

Read all the recommendations on Wagneropera.net


Deutsche Oper's Wagner Explosion

Deutsche Oper normally present an average of 15 performances of wagner operas each year, but the next season it will be 30 performances of different Wagner productions.

First Deutsche Oper start with the "Wagner-Wochen" (Wagner Weeks) from 22 November (Tristan) till 21 February (meistersinger). During this period Deutsche Oper will present almost all Wagner operas and a premiere of Rienzi which has never been produced at Deutsche Oper since its foundation in 1912.

The 2 Ring Cycles (Goetz Friedrich production) start on april 17th - conducted by the new general music director Donald Runnicles .

Matti Salminen's Birthday Today

Matti Salminen as King Marke in Chereau's Tristan

It is the one and only Matti Salminen's birthday today. What a stage presence that man has! He can make an otherwise dull performance shine just by being present on the stage.

Matti Salminen was born 7 July 1945.

Matti Salminen at Bayreuth

06 July 2009

Lohengrin - new production by Richard Jones in Munich

Richard Wagner: Lohengrin. A new production by Richard Jones.
Musical direction: Kent Nagano
Much ado about Jonas Kaufmann as Lohengrin before the premiere yesterday. Other singers: Anja Harteros (Elsa) and Michaela Schuster as Ortrud.

05 July 2009

Dress rehearsals at Bayreuth

Dress rehearsals at Bayreuth Festival 2009

17. Juli Tristan
18. Juli Rheingold
19. Juli Walküre
20. Juli Meistersinger
21. Juli Siegfried
22. Juli Parsifal
23. Juli Götterdämmerung

No tickets are available!

Bayreuth Festival 2009

04 July 2009

New Lohengrin at Bayerische Staatsoper Tomorrow

Tomorrow 5 July is the premiere of the new Lohengrin production by director Richard Jones at Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich.

Richard Jones' earlier Wagner productions include Der fliegende Holländer at De Nederlandse Opera, Der Ring des Nibelungen at Royal Opera House, Das Rheingold and Die Walküre at Scottish Opera.

Kent Nagano will conduct, and the cast will include Anja Harteros, Jonas Kaufmann, Christof Fischesser, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Schuster and Evgeny Nikitin.

There will also be an audio-visual live broadcast on Max-Joseph-Platz. Admission free.

Updated 6 July: See video from the premiere of Richard Jones' Lohengrin production at Bayerische Staatsoper in München

30 June 2009

Bayreuth Parsifal concept

The dramaturg in Stefan Herheim's production team, Alexander Meier-Dörzenbach interviewed in Bayreuth last year about the Parsifal concept.

29 June 2009

Bayreuth 2009: Herheim rehearsing Parsifal

Norwegian star director Stefan Herheim, whose recent Wagner productions, Parsifal at Bayreuth and Lohengrin at Staatsoper in Berlin, opened new doors to appreciating Wagner, is back in Bayreuth, rehearsing Parsifal for the 2009 Festival.

In this video clip we see Herheim rehearsing the Flower Maidens and Parsifal (Christopher Ventris).

Bayreuth Festival 2009: Cast and produtions

19 June 2009

Meistersinger in Erl

Tiroler Festspiele Erl 2009 will include a production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

During the festival 2-26 July, Elektra and Fidelio also will be performed. Elektra is mostly performed as a shortened version of Strauss’ composition (“unsingable passages”), but will for the first time (?) be presented in its full length.


02.07.2009, 7:00 p.m. | CONCERT
BRUCKNER, Symphony Nr 6

03.07.2009, 6:00 p.m. | LECTURE / OPERA
STRAUSS, Elektra

04.07.2009, 8:00 p.m. | CONCERT
BEETHOVEN, Symphony Nr 9

05.07.2009, 10:00 a.m. | AS PART OF THE LITURGY
SCHUBERT, Mass E flat major

05.07.2009, 7:00 p.m. | SPECIAL
EGGERT, To Be Sung on the Water

06.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
CHAMBERMUSIC 1, Bach, Schedlberger, Shostakovich

07.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
PIANO RECITAL, Bach, Liszt. Chopin

08.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
RECITAL 1, Bach, Messiaen

09.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.

10.07.2009, 6:00 p.m. | LECTURE / OPERA
STRAUSS, Elektra

12.07.2009, 11:00 a.m. | SPECIAL

12.07.2009, 8:00 p.m. | CONCERT

13.07.2009, 7:30 p.m.
CHAMBERMUSIC 2, Bach, Dienz, Schubert

14.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
PIANO RECITAL 2, Bach, Schubert, Mussorgsky

15.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.

16.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
TANZLMUSITANGO, Bach, Schubert, Krah

17.07.2009, 5:00 p.m. | OPERA
WAGNER, Meistersinger

18.07.2009, 7:00 p.m. | OPERA

19.07.2009, 11:00 a.m. | CONCERT

19.07.2009, 5:00 p.m. | SPECIAL
AKKOSAX, Kranzhorn / Pirchner

20.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
CHAMBERMUSIC 3, Bach, Gander, Messiaen

21.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
PIANO RECITAL 3, Bach, Messiaen

22.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.
RECITAL 3, Schreker, Haydn, Schubert, Zemlinsky

23.07.2009, 8:00 p.m.

24.07.2009, 8:00 p.m. | CONCERT

25.07.2009, 7:00 p.m. | OPERA

26.07.2009, 11:00 a.m. | SPECIAL

26.07.2009, 5:00 p.m. | OPERA
WAGNER, Meistersinger

More at www.tiroler-festspiele.at

07 June 2009

New Tristan at Royal Opera House

Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, will produce a new Tristan und Isolde next season. Stage director will be Christof Loy. Antonio Pappano will conduct a first class cast led by Nina Stemme and Ben Heppner. Two of my peronal favourites, Micheal Volle and Matti Salminen, will sing Kurwenal and King Marke.

The production will be performed: September 29 October 2-5-9-15 at 5pm and 18 at 3pm

Christof Loy

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