24 February 2011

Detlef Roth interviewed about singing Amfortas at the Bayreuth Festival

A new interview is published on Wagneropera.net today. Detlef Roth, Amfortas in Stefan Herheim's Parsifal production at Bayreuth talks about singing Wagner and singing at Bayreuth.

Among many other interesting things, Roth explained conductor Daniele  Gatti's approach to Amfortas. "Gatti," he says, "had a very clear idea about how the role should be sung. He wanted even more piano than we did in the performances. Gatti saw Amfortas as a very, very weak person, as a person immersed in his sufferance, only coming out occasionally to be king. Gatti wanted more of almost whispering, but we had to change a lot of that in the actual performances. For me, working on the singing was not so much a technical work on the voice, but more developing the interpretation, especially the colours. It was important for Gatti to have the right colours, and as many colours as possible"

Detlef Roth: Amfortas' Suffering is Germany's

12 February 2011

Die singende Stadt - a documentary about Staatsoper Stuttgart and Calixto Bieito's Parsifal

Die singende Stadt (The Singing City) is a documentary film about the opera house Staatsoper Stuttgart and Calixto Bieito's Parsifal Production.
The film was made by Vadim Jendreyko. It will be shown in German theatres from 10 February.
No information about a DVD / Bluray release has been published yet.

Die singende Stadt - the trailer

See Wagneropera.net for cinemas

07 February 2011

Svalbard - the Blue Beauty

Spitsbergen, Svalbard

I hope you'll forgive me for posting this very off topic blog post. But I've just returned from Spitsbergen, Svalbard's largest island, working on web related matters for Spitsbergen Travel. Svalbard is the last stop before the North Pole. I wanted to share with you a couple of photos of this magnificent Arctic landscape. The dark season is about to end, and in some weeks they'll have the midnight sun (19 April to 22 August). Right now, when the first sign of light is coming, the landscape in Svalbard is bathed in the most beautiful blue colours you can imagine. It is really beyond beautiful and leaves me humble and awestruck. When I was snowmobiling though this landscape, the only music I felt could match this beauty was Parsifal...


When the sun reaches above the horizon, the mountains will be painted pink and purple before the midnight sun lights up everything.

polar bear warning sign

Not far away from this polar bear warning sign is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (also called the Doomsday Seed Vault) is located near the largest settlement Longyearbyen (almost 2000 inhabitants).

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank storing seed deep, deep in the mountain.

All photos: Per-Erik Skramstad