29 May 2009

Countdown LA Opera Ring Cycles

Today it is exactly one year until Los Angeles Opera sets off with its three complete Ring cycles of Achim Freyer's production.

DAS RHEINGOLD Saturday 5/29/10 7:30 PM
DIE WALKÜRE Sunday 5/30/10 6:00 PM
SIEGFRIED Thursday 6/3/10 6:00 PM
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Sunday 6/6/10 5:00 PM

DAS RHEINGOLD Tuesday 6/8/10 7:30 PM
DIE WALKÜRE Thursday 6/10/10 6:00 PM
SIEGFRIED Sunday 6/13/10 12:00 PM
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Wednesday 6/16/10 6:00 PM

DAS RHEINGOLD Friday 6/18/10 7:30 PM
DIE WALKÜRE Sunday 6/20/10 12:00 PM
SIEGFRIED Wednesday 6/23/10 6:00 PM
GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG Saturday 6/26/10 5:00 PM

Review of Das Rheingold
Recordings of Der Ring des Nibelungen
Der Ring des Nibelungen on DVD

22 May 2009

Helene Grimaud on Wagner’s piano in Villa Wahnfried

Hélène Grimaud and the charity event “Kindercamp in Concert” in Bayreuth: Hélène Grimaud will perform in Villa Wahnfried on 24th July 2009, 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.

This concert is given to a limited number of 80 guests who are all dedicated to supporting children and young people with life-threatening illnesses.

Hélène Grimaud will perform part of the programme on Wagner’s original Steinway piano (1876) in addition to playing works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Bach arrangements by Franz Liszt, Ferruccio Busoni and Sergej Rachmaninoff.

The concert concludes the forum Music in Dialog, an initiative of the International Business Magazine Drive, devoted to the subject “Regietheater”. A number of well-known experts including Christian Thielemann, TV producer Dieter Wedel and Laurenz Lütteken from the University of Zurich will discuss Regietheater with Nina Ruge as moderator.

This event will be rounded-off by a public viewing of works by the photographic artist Mat Hennek. Galerie Bernheimer Fine Arts is presenting the international photographer’s works „Soul of Music“, a series of portraits of famous musicians, during the entire Bayreuth Festival.

In 1999 Hélène Grimaud founded the Wolf Conservation Center of South Salem to study the animals’ habits in a natural environment. Alongside notable physicians Hélène Grimaud has become a member of the Board of the German-American Foundation International Kindercamp Villa Sans Souci which was founded in 2006. The activities of the foundation are focused on setting up an institution of medical capacity to support children and young people with life threatening illnesses.

In the magnificent surrounding of Brandenburg with plenty of lakes, young people suffering from physical and psychological disease will be living together to regain power for a new life after a period of pain and misery.

Villa Wahnfried
Bayreuth Festival 2009

17 May 2009

Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) was born today

Swedish super dramatic soprano Birgit Nilsson (1918–2005) was born today, 91 years ago. Nilsson had the voice of a diamond, and is for many the ultimate Isolde and Brünnhilde.

Here she singing Liebestod very late in her career.

11 May 2009

05 May 2009

Richard Wagner for Children - The Flying Dutchman

The Bayreuth Festival will during the Wagner Festival in 2009 also show a new production - a specially edited version of The Flying Dutchman for children. It will be part of the project "Richard Wagner for children".

The premiere is on the opening day of the Bayreuth Festival on Saturday, 25 July 2009 on Rehearsal Stage 4.

In the period between 25 July 2009 and 02 August 2009 a total of ten performances will be shown.

Admission for children is free. Adults pay 20 euros per ticket.

Overall concept and text is by Alexander Busche.

Read more on the Bayreuth Festival's Homepage (only in German, it seems)

04 May 2009

Meistersinger in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Opera will present Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a new production, designed by scenic designer Robert A. Dahlstrom. It will be set in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood (also the home of Cincinnati’s Music Hall), paying tribute to the city’s unique and rich German heritage.

Maestro James Levine will conduct a strong cast including James Morris, Korean-American soprano Hei-Kyung Hong (Eva), John Del Carlo (Fritz Kothner), Richard Margison (Walther von Stolzing), Russian bass-baritone Evgeny Nikitin (Pogner), Maria Zifchak (Magdalena) and Norbert Ernst (David, a role he also sings at Bayreuth Festival in Katharina Wagner's Meistersinger production). Chris Alexander will direct.

Meistersinger will (in the 2010 season) be performed on:
June: 23, 26


Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

03 May 2009

Siegfried in Washington - Review

Irene Theorin

Wagneropera.net's review of Francesca Zambello's production of Siegfried at Washington National Opera is now published. Our reviewer Jerry Floyd found the main singers, Alan Held, Gordon Hawkins and Iréne Theorin great, but he was more reserved about the production.

Read the review of Zambello's Siegfried production at Washington National Opera

01 May 2009

Siegfried premiere tomorrow at WNO

Tomorrow May 2 Francesca Zambello's production of Siegfried will give its premiere at Washington National Opera:

The Cast includes Pär Lindskog as Siegfried and Iréne Theorin as Brünnhilde.

Other dates:
May 5, 2009
May 9, 2009
May 14, 2009
May 17, 2009