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Met's "Ring" Cycle in Movie Theaters

All 4 installments of the Met's "Ring" cycle will be shown in movie theaters around the world. In the US and Canada, the cycle begins May 9. Dates vary in other countries.

The Metropolitan Opera will present worldwide movie theater screenings of Robert Lepage’s new production of Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, as well as Wagner’s Dream, a new documentary chronicling the creation of this ambitious new staging. In the United States and Canada, the series will begin 7 May 2012 with a screening of the documentary, directed by award-winning filmmaker Susan Froemke, and continue on 9 May with Das Rheingold, the first opera in the cycle. The entire four-part Ring cycle and documentary will be screened in many countries this spring and summer.

Tickets go on sale in the U.S. on Friday, March 30 and in Canada on Friday, April 6. To order tickets or get more information on screening times and locations, please visit

Wagner’s Dream
A documentary by Susa…

Keith Warner stages new Parsifal in Copenhagen

The Royal Danish Opera presents a new Parsifal production, directed by Keith Warner

Director: Keith Warner
Set designer: Es Devlin
Costume designer: Jorge Jara
Lighting designer: Davy Cunningham
Choreographer: Karl Schreiner
Dramaturge: Barry Millington

Conductor Hartmut Haenchen

Stig Fogh Andersen, Parsifal
Johnny van Hal, Parsifal
Stephen Milling, Gurnemanz
John Lundgren, Amfortas
Randi Stene, Kundry
Tina Kiberg, Kundry
Harry Peeters, Klingsor
Sten Byriel, Titurel
Bengt-Ola Morgny, 1. grail knight
Bo Anker Hansen, 2. grail knight
Sine Bundgaard, An esquire/ Flower maiden
Silja Schindler, An esquire/flower maiden
Verena Gunz, An esquire / Flower maiden
Bo Kristian Jensen, An esquire
Gert Henning-Jensen, An esquire
Inger Dam-Jensen, Flower maiden
Anne Margrethe Dahl, Flower maiden
Djina Mai-Mai, Flower maiden
Hanne Fischer, Flower maiden/ A voice from above

Monday 26.03.2012
Wednesday 11.04.2012
Saturday 14.04.2012
Wednesday 18.04.2012
Sunday 22.04.2012
Monday 30.04.2012
Friday 0…

ENO’s new Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman opens at the London Coliseum on 28 April for 7 performances – 28 April & May 1, 12, 16, 18 and 23 at 7.30pm and May 5 at 6.30pm.

Director Jonathan Kent and ENO’s Music Director Edward Gardner work together on their first Wagner opera, The Flying Dutchman.

Following ENO’s production of Parsifal in 2011, director Jonathan Kent and ENO’s Music Director Edward Gardner work together on their first Wagner opera, The Flying Dutchman. 

One of Wagner’s earliest operas to feature the theme of redemption through death, ENO’s new production of The Flying Dutchman builds on the critical success of 2011’s Parsifal – “a staging that is as good as any Wagner seen in London in the last 20 years” (The Guardian) – highlighting ENO’s commitment to produce highly theatrical world-class opera. ENO’s production of The Flying Dutchman is the first Wagner opera for both director Jonathan Kent and conductor, ENO’s Music Director, Edward Gardner.  Jonathan Kent, a former Arti…

Opera Australia presents Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) at the Arts Centre in 2013

In 2013 Opera Australia presents Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) at the Arts Centre, Melbourne. 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner. So, during November and December 2013, Opera Australia will perform three complete cycles of the four mighty operas which make up his epic vision.

Director Neil Armfield and conductor Richard Mills lead this production, supported by film and theatre designer Robert Cousins.

The international cast includes English soprano Susan Bullock as Brünnhilde, Finnish bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo as Wotan, American Heldentenor Gary Lehman as Siegfried and Australian Helden baritone John Wegner as Alberich. Further casting details will be announced over the coming months.

Tickets for The Melbourne Ring Cycle will go on sale later in 2012.

New issue of The Wagner Journal released

A new issue of The Wagner Journal is out. Essays include:

David Conway on "Jews, Music and Wagner"Tash Siddiqui on the 1929 Krolloper production of Der fliegende Holländer: "Flying the republican colours"Arnold Whittall on "The Giants and the Ring".
Met’s SiegfriedCovent Garden’s MeistersingerParis Tannhäuser
DVDs, Blurays and CDs
Copenhagen TannhäuserMarek Janowski and the start of a complete cycle of Wagner’s major worksThe Wagner Journal is a periodical that seeks to examine Wagner and his works from a variety of perspectives – musicological, historical, literary, philosophical and political – and to illuminate the unique appeal of this endlessly fascinating composer. The journal aims to bring the questions surrounding the theory and practice of staging and performing Wagner to a wider audience, in that way furthering our understanding of his operas as theatre.

The Wagner Journal appears three times a year (March, July and November) and is published…

Harry Kupfer's Parsifal production soon to be released on DVD

The long awaited Parsifal production from 1992 by Harry Kupfer will be released in March by EuroArts. This production marked Daniel Barenboim’s appointment as the artistic director of the Berlin State Opera. The cast is made up of the finest Wagnerian singers of the period, all of whom enjoyed substantial international careers. All the principle singers - Poul Elming, Falk Struckmann, John Tomlinson, Waltraud Meier, Günter von Kannen and Fritz Hübner celebrated successful achievements at the Bayreuth Festival around the time of this production.

Parsifal: Poul Elming; Amfortas: Falk Struckmann; Gurnemanz: John Tomlinson; Kundry: Waltraud Meier; Klingsor: Günter von Kannen; Titurel: Fritz Hübner Flowermaidens: Carola Höhn, Brigitte Eisenfeld, Borjana Mateewa, Carola Nossek, Laura Aikin, Elvira Dreßen; Knights: Peter Bindszus, Gerd Wolf; Squires: Peter Menzel, Andreas Schmidt, Elvira Dreßen, Efrat Ben-Nun; Alto: Rosemarie Lang

Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by Daniel Barenboim.

The pro…

Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music’s Wagner Intensive expands to 10 days of training

In its second year, the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory of Music’s Wagner Intensive, a program created to help launch the careers of singers exploring the Wagnerian repertoire, will expand to 10 days of training. The Intensive will be held from Wednesday, July 18 to Saturday July 28, 2012 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, 2012 for consideration.

During ten 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 Baritone Gordon Hawkins. Participants will…

Leonard Bernstein: Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel Act 1

A new production of Tristan und Isolde by the British director Daniel Slater will premiere in Oslo on Sunday. made a short interview with Slater about Tristan and Wagner, which you can read here: The creation of the self through love and death

I am warming up for the event with one of my favourite conductors, Leonard Bernstein. Here's the prelude to Tristan, Act 1.

Richard Wagner: Tristan und Isolde, Vorspiel Act 1, conducted by Leonard Bernstein
Symphonie-Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. From the concerts in Herkulessal, Munich, used for the recording (now difficult to find).

Do you like it or is it too slow?