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’.

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