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.