27 March 2010

Calixto Bieito with a new Parsifal at Stuttgart Opera

Tomorrow Calixto Bieito's production of Parsifal premieres at Stuttgart Opera House.

According to the Stuttgart Opera's Homepage, Bieito is inspired by Cormac McCarthy's novel "The Road". Bieito confronts his Parsifal "with the ruins of our civilization". The novel's protagonists, a father and son, wander through a post-apocalyptic America, that after a catastrophe is deserted and desolate.

The designer Gschwender Susanne has created a destroyed, ash-covered landscape in which the only remains of a bygone civilization are the ruins of a highway bridge.

Parsifal will be played 28 March (premiere) and the following dates in April: 01, 05, 11, 25.

Stuttgart Opera's Homepage

Conductor: Manfred Honeck
Stage director: Calixto Bieito
Cast: Christiane Iven, Yuko Kakuta, Diana Haller, Julia Borchert, Petra van der Mieden, Tina Hörhold, Agata Wilewska, Michaela Schneider; Gregg Baker, Stephen Milling, Andrew Richards, Claudio Otelli, Matthias Hölle, Heinz Göhrig, Mark Munkittrick, Torsten Hofmann, Hans Kittelmann


09 March 2010

Herheim's Tannhäuser in Oslo a major achievement

Stefan Herheim seduces the Norwegian audiences to applaud their own escapism in a spectacular new production of Tannhäuser at The Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. Tannhäuser is split between the comforting world of one-dimensional escapist opera productions (Venusberg) and the narrow-minded religious world of those who have seen the Light, here: The Salvation Army.


The production quotes Herheim's other Wagner projects (Parsifal at Bayreuth and Lohengrin in Berlin) on several occasions, making the three productions a unity, exploring many of the same themes.

The cast is of very high quality lead by two superb tenors in the title role (Gary Lehmann and Scott MacAllister) and the rising star Elisabet Strid as Elisabeth, the so-called Personenregie is superbly detailed and the fast transforming scene changes are spectacular. The production is a major achievement for the Norwegian National Opera. And it is simply not possible to avoid it if you are interested in music theatre. Unfortunately all 9 performances are sold out...

There will be more on the production on Wagneropera.net later

Videos with some short clips from  rehearsals and dress rehearsals (sorry, only in Norwegian):