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  • armerjacquino: Not snark at all: there’s no way on god’s earth that Voigt will be singing Mabel. 3:29 AM
  • David: Good. Ridiculous that in the 21st century singers are blacking-up to play parts 3:17 AM
  • phillyoperalover: Hmm will they do the same for any white singers who sing in Aida? They are black and Egyptians after all. 2:45 AM
  • siegmund: Westbroek doesn’t like Thielemann and also felt she did not have enough experience in the part and that’s why she... 2:14 AM
  • Buster: See you in Braunschweig, Camille: http://staatstheat er-braunschweig.de /nc/musiktheater/p roduktion/details/ pique-dame/ 2:04 AM
  • Buster: I also read it will be Lang. Another option would be Nadja Michael. Or Das Merbethchen, but she is not zwischen. Or Linda Watson,... 1:35 AM
  • Buster: Wondeful stories, and very curious to read the rest – what happened when you switched to cd’s, for example? I am... 1:26 AM
  • Camille: Violeta Urmana has sung a lot of Isoldes but I don’t know when the last one was. Heard her sing the Zweiter Akt in Avery... 1:00 AM

Uh, no, they’re saying “Boo-runnhilde, Boo-runnhilde”

If the Frank Castorf production of the Ring at Bayreuth accomplished nothing else, it will be the popularization in classical music circles of the term “boovation.”

” It went on for nearly 10 minutes, by my watch, because Mr. Castorf, 62, who has been running the Volksbühne (People’s Theater) of Berlin since 1992, stood steadfast on stage, his arms folded stiffly, he sometimes jabbed a finger at the audience,essentially defying the crowd to keep it coming.” [New York Times]

121 comments

  • cosmodimontevergine says:

    I’d be willing to give Castorf the benefit of the doubt with the Ring until I see it myself. I’ve seen some long, tortured shows at the Volkbuehne whose only giustification seemed the director testing the bladder control of the audience