29 November 2010

New production of Parsifal at the Royal Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels



A new production of Parsifal will premiere at the Royal Theatre La Monnaie in Brussels 27 January 2011. Hartmut Haenchen, who conducted the infamous Paris production by Krysztof Warlikowski (the one using a clip from Rosselini's film ”Germany Year Zero”), will conduct a cast led by Swedish superstar Anna Larsson making her role debut as Kundry. According to some commentators, Haenchen's Parsifal reading in Paris was the fastest ever.

Stage director is Romeo Castellucci.

Principal singers

Amfortas Thomas Johannes Mayer
Titurel Victor von Halem
Gurnemanz Jan-Hendrik Rootering
Parsifal Andrew Richards
Klingsor Tómas Tómasson
Kundry Anna Larsson

Royal Theatre La Monnaie

See Wagner Calendar 2011 for more Wagner productions

25 November 2010

The Wagner Journal on Lohengrin and Wagner's anti-semitism

The Wagner Journal has two important features currently on its website: a dramaturgical analysis by Edward A. Bortnichak and Paula M. Bortnichak of the new Bayreuth Festival production of Lohengrin by Hans Neuenfels, addressing the production from a sociological perspective, and an online debate between Barry Emslie and Mark Berry on the thorny issue of anti-semitism in Wagner's works.

Also available via the website is a free introductory copy of The Wagner Journal.

23 November 2010

Allison Denise Oakes Wins The Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition 2010

Winner of the Lauritz Melchior International Singing Competition 2010 was Allison Denise Oakes. She also won the Orchestra Prize and the Public's Prize. Total prize sum was 38.500 Euros for all three.