28 March 2011

New Tristan at Deutsche Oper, Berlin



English opera director Graham Vick is the man behind the new Tristan und Isolde at Deutsche Oper in Berlin. Here is the official trailer.

Conductor: Donald Runnicles

Cast: Peter Seiffert, Petra Maria Schnitzer, Eike Wilm Schulte, Jane Irwin

http://www.deutscheoperberlin.de/?page=haus&subpage=einblicke&textId=138215

21 March 2011

New summer music program to help launch the careers of singers beginning to explore the Wagnerian repertoire

The Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music is proud to announce the founding of a new summer music program created to help launch the careers of singers beginning to explore the Wagnerian repertoire.

B-W’s Wagner Intensive will be held from Saturday, July 23 to Saturday July 30, 2011 in the newly renovated B-W Conservatory of Music facility. 

Top Wagner singers and teachers Jane Eaglen and Timothy Mussard will lead the Intensive as co-artistic directors. Mature singers who are exploring the Wagnerian repertoire are encouraged to submit an audition by April 1, 2011 for consideration.

During eight days of intensive training, singers will participate in private lessons, repertoire coachings, scene study, German language study, staging rehearsals, and master classes.  In addition to instruction with Eaglen and Mussard, participants will interact with top Wagner coach / conductors Eric Weimer and William Vendice and guest master class artist Mezzo Soprano Nancy Maultsby. Participants will present two final public performances on Saturday, July 30 at 2:00 and 6:00 pm in the recently opened Kulas Music Hall.

Jane Eaglen, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the Intensive, has one of the most formidable reputations in the opera world today, including roles of Isolde (for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Lyric Opera of Chicago and in Puerto Rico); Norma (for the Metropolitan Opera, Seattle Opera, Ravenna Festival with Maestro Muti, and the Bastille); and Brunnhilde (performed in Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco, Milan, New York, Oslo and the UK).

Dr. Mussard, artist faculty member and co-artistic director of the Intensive, is one of America's most distinguished Heldentenors with a career which has taken him all over the world in roles such as Herold in Salome, Eric in Der Fliegender Hollander, Floestan in Fidelio, Radames in Aida, Siegfried in Der Ring Des Nibelungen, and numerous other roles.

Coach / Conductor Eric Weimer has established himself as one of the pre-eminent coach / Assistant Conductors in the international opera world and is currently on the music staff at Chicago Lyric Opera. Conductor William Vendice was Head of Music Staff and Chorus Master at Los Angeles Opera from 1995 to 2007. Master class guest artist Nancy Maultsby’s operatic career has included a wide range of roles in some of the world’s most prestigious houses. She has performed often with Lyric Opera of Chicago.

For more information, please contact (440) 826-2365, or visit: http://www.bw.edu/academics/conservatory/outreach/smp/wagner/

08 March 2011

Marek Janowski: Parsifal concert performance 8 April


Marek Janowski and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin continue their Wagner concert series at the Berlin Philharmonie with the stage-consecrating festival play Parsifal on April 8, 2011. 

Cast includes  Michelle DeYoung (Kundry), Evgeny Nikitin as Amfortas, Christian Elsner as Parsifal and Franz-Josef Selig as Gurnemanz.

In a series to be concluded in 2013, the RSB conducted by Marek Janowski present ten operas by Richard Wagner in concert performances at the Berlin Philharmonie. The current season also features Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg in a performance on June 3.

RSB Visitor Services: +49 (0)30-202987-15, tickets@rsb-online.de
Deutschlandradio Kultur will broadcast the concert on April 16 at 6:05 p.m. 

Friday, April 8, 2011, 6:00 p.m., Berlin Philharmonie

Marek Janowski (Conductor)
Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas)
Christian Elsner (Parsifal)
Franz-Josef Selig (Gurnemanz)
Eike Wilm Schulte (Klingsor)
Michelle DeYoung (Kundry and Voice from above)
Dimitry Ivashchenko (Titurel)
Rundfunkchor Berlin. Simon Halsey (Chorus Master)
Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

02 March 2011

Bayreuth Festival 2011 Cast Announced


Detlef Roth as Amfortas in Stefan Herheim's Parsifal production at Bayreuth. Photo: Enrico Nawrath / Bayreuther Festspiele

The cast of the Bayreuth Festival 2011 has been announced with no great surprises. The new Tannhäuser by Sebastian Baumgarten includes two Scandinavian Nordic Wagner singers, Lars Cleveman as Tannhäuser and Camilla Nylund as Elisabeth. And after hearing Michael Nagy as Wolfram von Eschenbach in Stefan Herheims firework of a Tannhäuser in Oslo, I am sure he will be a new favourite among the Bayreuth audiences when he makes his Bayreuth debut in this role this summer.

A couple of changes in Hans Neuenfels innovative Lohengrin production. The Bayreuth darling above all, Klaus Florian Vogt, will sing Lohengrin, Petra Lang Ortrud and Tómas Tómasson Friedrich von Telramund.

Christoph Marthaler's underrated Tristan production will have the same cast as before, with Peter Schneider am Pult, Robert Dean Smith as Tristan and Iréne Theorin as Isolde.

In Frau Wagner's Meistersinger Georg Zeppenfeld steps in as Veit Pogner and Burkhard Fritz will sing Walther von Stolzing as Klaus Florian Vogt concenrates on his Lohengrin role.

In Stefan Herheim's Parsifal (still no Blu-ray/DVD planned, it seems), the cast is almost identical to before, with Detlef Roth as Amfortas, Kwangchul Youn as Gurnemanz and Susan Maclean as Kundry. Only one change is noted: Simon O'Neill takes over as Christopher Ventris departs from the Green Hill.