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Happy Birthday Stefan Herheim

The Prince of Regie, who’ll direct a new Vêpres siciliennes for the Royal Opera this fall, is 43 years old today.

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Happy birthday Prince! Here’s hoping for a NY debut ASAP.

  • MontyNostry

    The ROH’s Pappano talks to BBC news about pressures on singers …

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      They have to be kidding awarding this woman a prize for this!

      Draw your own impressions:

      Sancho should bring the audience to tears with this aria, but this rendition is a flop. The recit is all wrong and the singer leaves me with the impression that he has no idea what he’s singing about (even though he is involved in a full production of the opera).

      • la vociaccia

        Here’s my impression: She’s 21, so chill the F out

        • Quanto Painy Fakor

          It’s a NATIONAL competition for the METROPOLITAN OPERA, not a recital for a voice rep class!

          • la vociaccia

            So? It doesn’t guarantee anything. Latonia Moore and Bryan Hymel were both finalists (the latter a winner)…in 2000. Making it to the National Councils does not mean you are ready to go the next day. The judges clearly felt that this young lady had tremendous potential, and I’m inclined to agree with them.

  • Hippolyte

    But what is he doing directing an opera by Handel which no one will want to see?

    • oedipe

      He is rescuing it from being a mere endless, boring series of da capo arias.

    • You both are so tacky…. I love you.

    • And to turn it into such self-indulgent self-therapy at that! I don’t know how he got June Anderson to participate (and who knew should could dance?).

  • Hippolyte

    Is that even possible?

    • oedipe

      It’s the opera’s ONLY raison d’être.

      • Hippolyte

        But isn’t that one of those countertenors in the title role--Romanian Valer Barna-Sabadus, I believe? Why can’t they transpose it down for a tenor like they did in the 60s for Wunderlich and Alva? Oh, wait, there’s two countertenors!! Gross!

        • papopera

          was wondering if they were cooing queens or real female singers.

    • Quanto Painy Fakor

      nothing compared to 5 hours of Eliogabalo

  • And if he wants to, he can come to my place for a special birthday treat.

  • Camille

    I liked his Parsifal very much indeed.

    I did not like his Rusalka, at all.

    At least it is of interest to me that he elicited a strong emotion both times whereas most of the time my reaction is either a) meh—, b) bilge.

    Fröhliche Gebürtstag in either case Herr Herheim!

    • DharmaBray

      Or… Gratulerer med dagen!

  • I have only seen his RUSALKA (Monnaie), PARSIFAL (Bayreuth) and BOHEME (Norway) on video and found all of them infuriating, intellectually challenging, and ultimately very emotionally moving and effective. That is much more than I can say about MOST opera productions I see nowadays, especially “conventional” ones. As a rule I despise “interventionist” productions because the director is content using his concept where it works and just running through the rest. I have always found Herheim totally thoughtful. IMHO his RUSALKA production made better use of the libretto than Dvorak’s original conception. But then, I am one of those who feels that Opera is the ultimate form of drama. Happy birthday, Mr. Herheim!!

  • louannd

    Personally, I loved his Salzburg production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Everyone talks about it being a flop but there are so many wonderful images. His detailed directing and imagery bring a freshness to Mozart’s music.


  • Satisfied

    Hippolyte says: But what is he doing directing an opera by Handel which no one will want to see?

    I flew to Dusseldorf to see it and it was so very worth it! And to answer your question: what he’s doing with it [the Handel opera] is simply showing how comical, whimsical, and utterly beautiful Xerxes can be. I saw it at the Dusseldorf opening night performance and the audience was on their feet when Herheim came out.

    Aside (kind of at least…) I swooned when he took the stage. Not only is he a director of great talent and thoughtfulness, but he’s also incredibly gorgeous! Please tell me this translate to his indulgence in gay proclivities?

    I, like many of you on this board, cannot wait for his first production in New York. Hell, i’ll even take one of his European hand-me-downs (especially his Lulu or Vêpres which I’m trying to make it to this fall). And if I bumped into him at Splash…all the better :-)

    • manou

      If I may speak for Hippolyte, I think you can be Satisfied that his comment is

      • Hippolyte

        Merci, Manou.

  • spiderman

    Is he the parterre-darling because he is gay and his productions are CAMP? ;)

    • Satisfied

      Spiderman says: Is he the parterre-darling because he is gay and his productions are CAMP?

      There is that small matter of him being incredibly talented and creative…oh, and he’s gorgeous. Wasn’t sure about gay though.

      And thanks Manou. Should have known. My bad!

  • Quanto Painy Fakor

    Parterre fave

  • bang_bang_bang

    Oh, he can’t be gay. I want him to be my husband.

  • A. Poggia Turra

    In the long interview that accompanied the web stream of the Amsterdam Eugene Onegin, wasn’t there an allusion to Herheim having a (male) partner?

    Or am I just projecting (swishful thinking) :)

  • Satisfied

    What’s the scoop on herr Herheim’s next gigs and/or revivals next season? I’m sure he’ll be quite busy over the next few months between his new productions in Salzburg and London, but which companies are staging his revivals next season? (Operabase only mentions the Mastersinger.) I recall talk of his Parsifal being released commercially some time this year, but any word of that happening with his Xerxes? Such an incredibly fun production…I could watch it over and over again!

    Watching Herheim’s work is like a drug: the first hit only makes you want more.

    • Feldmarschallin

      2015 he is doing Hoffmann in Bregenz.

      • opus

        Any casting info, Feldmarschallin?

        • A. Poggia Turra

          Feldmarschallin -- Is the Bregenz Hoffman to be on the floating stage or in the (indoors) theater?

          Satisfied -- since Bayreuth teamed with Opus Arte, the parrten has been to release a DVD (and now blu-ray) about one year after it was filmed (in time for the next Festival). So if the pattern follows, we should see it by the end of this summer.

          • Feldmarschallin

            No idea on casting but I assume it is as usual outdoors and by bad weather indoors.

        • oedipe

          Casting in a French opera? Do you really CARE?

      • Satisfied

        This has BRILLIANT written all over it.

    • oedipe

      The Meistersinger production comes to the Paris Opera in the 2014/2015 season.

      • Satisfied

        That’s great to hear! Really wanted to make it to Salzburg this summer but decided to get engaged instead.

        Only time will tell if the right decision was made…

  • davidhs23

    The David Alden production of Meistersinger for Netherlands early this summer should make Stefan’s idea of one at best an afterthought or on average a cipher by comparison.

    • Is it a competition? Nobody informed me.

  • davidhs23

    Let me see, any other comment to submit to make La Cieca squirm? Herheim is regietheater, almost Ken Burns style for dilettantes, not the real thing. And he should be gifted to have Piotr Beczala star in every production of his, whether it offer something right for Beczala’s voice and temperament or not.

  • rogwood

    Regarding Herheim’s excellent Amsterdam production of Onegin I have a question for you learned Parterrians: In act III after Onegin’s “I returned and went, like Chatsky, straight from a ship to a ball” there is a short choral comment, quite fitting in this production, before the chorus introduces “Knyaginya Gremina”. What’s the story here? I remember hearing that choral comment only (is it the same music?) in the old Russian Onegin movie. I have never heard it in any recordings or in any of the stage productions I have seen (and I have seen several in Russia). Is it even by Tchaikovsky?