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  • LT

    When will Munich announce their next season?

    • Feldmarschallin

      25.3, 10.00 Pressekonferenz

      Some things I have found out like the Sept/ Okt Aidas with Jonas and Stoyanova, 3 Ariadnes with Harteros in October, Walküre and Götterdämmerung in Nov/Dec, Arabella in Jan, Turandot with Stemme around Easter and then Festspiele, Rosenkavalier Festspiele, Lohengrin in March and Elektra. Plus all the Premieres which I announced here a short time ago. Festspielopening is Tosca with Dream Team plus Terfel. Plus Lucia in May and 4 performances of Karmeliterinen with Schwanewilms and Breslik. Apparently 3 Trovatores with Netrebko to the Festspiele. And 3 Lulus in Sept. And Fidelio is coming back since someone asked about it here recently. Was it Quanto?

      • Lohengrin

        What is about the rumor of Meistersinger with Jonas? Or will he do Cavaradossi or Lohengrin or Florestan? Cannot believethat he is there “at home” for “only” Radames.

        • Feldmarschallin

          Lohengrin I wrote what I know. I know that Haller will be doing Elsa but yes I said he will be doing the Festspiel Tosca. There are more Toscas earlier but I doubt Bachler can have them that high price cast for the normal Toscas. I have heard that he is now wanting 35.000€ per performance. If he gets it I think the two ladies will also want it and probably get it. Perhaps Bachler needs to be firm. Apparently Wien will not pay his price. So for sure next year is the Aida in the fall, NP Meistersinger in May and Festspiel Tosca. There will be 8 performances of Meistersinger 5 during the season and three Festspiele. I was hoping the Lohengrin cast would be the Premierenbesetzung but I know that Haller said she would be doing Elsa here. Florestan might be a possibility. And then there is a surprise that someone mentioned but was very secret so something out of the expected will be happening sometime soon.

          • Lohengrin

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            • Feldmarschallin

              Meine Handynr ist 0175-4123688 oder whatsapp +491754123688.

          • Feldmarschallin

            5 Aidas, 8 Meistersingers and the 2 Toscas are definitive. That is three operas and about right. 15 performances. This year he had 10 Manons and three MdS which makes 13. Harteros has 17 this season. Both are about averages with her around 20 per season and him slightly below. That alone is a lot of €. So next season we know that there will probably be 7 Maskenball plus the three Ariadnes plus 3 Arabellas in Jan and then two Toscas and I think maybe she will be doing the Festspiel Rosenkavalier so that is also slightly under 20. Oh and I forget the two Maskenballs Festspiele. That would all make sense. I wouldn’t expect him in Fidelio or Lohengrin but who knows. I wouldn’t complain. :)

            • redbear

              He’s getting well above 40 grand (US $) per performance in Munich? No wonder he was sick for New York. Do I remember that the fees are something like $17,000 per for New York? Is that correct?

            • LT

              The euro:dollar is almost 1:1 now but still more than double. At the Met he’s at less than 17k after the pay cuts, I think.

          • Liz.S

            No Fiery Angel yet next season? I’ve been patiently waiting ever since I heard that rumor…

            • Feldmarschallin

              That is one of the premieres which I listed a week or two ago.

            • Liz.S

              Oh cool, thank you!
              All I have to do now is search and dig :-)

  • umangialaio

    Luckily enough,as rumors go, a direct Tageszugverbingung Milano-Muenchen will be set up in one’s year time.

    Do you already know the identity of the Herbstbruennhilde?

    U

    • Feldmarschallin

      No not yet U. I hope Herlitzius will be doing Götterdämmerung here. I still haven’t gotten a ticket for the Wiener G but will see if I can manage something when I am there over Pasqua. And I wouldn’t mind hearing Stemme in Walküre. Just please no Dalaymann or Theorin.

      • PCally

        You don’t care for them? I rather liked their both of them in the roles.

      • umangialaio

        Theorin is much better in G than W, anyway. But Stemme in W is moving.

        U

  • zinka

    Was it not that famous author..Billy something…who wrote “Something is rotten in state of Denmark..?”

    • kennedet

      Zinka, you should be arrested for that! I’m glad I was sitting down because I was literally dizzy. Also, laughing too hard to be standing.

      • zinka

        Listen….If you went to La Puma…you would need DEPENDS..but maybe Bodengraven makes la Puma tenors like Gigli by comparison….What an ego to make those sounds……. as ever CH

        • mirywi

          Do you think this guy is for real? Or he he making a haha? It’s too terriblle to believe.

  • WindyCityOperaman
    • It would be too easy, I think, to make a joke about how AOL is the perfect cutting-edge place to reach a young audience with new and forward-thinking ideas.

      • AOL has its virtues. I have yet to have my AOL mail blocked in mainland China, and, at least as recently as a couple years ago, the AOL program served effectively as a VPN to clamber over the Great Firewall.

        • LT

          That’s because the Chinese don’t even know that AOL still exists.

          • Yep. Same principle as using Navajo code talkers in WWII.

            Which is to say: there is no downside to IT/media diversify. AOL wants to run a puff piece on the Met? Good.

    • antikitschychick

      thanks so much for sharing that WindyCityOperaman :-). It was an enjoyable chat; I do wish the questions from the audience members would have been better, although I liked that they didn’t seem scripted. My favorite part was when Nico Muhly, when talking about how people can be drawn to different things because gaining a new audience is not about tricking people into going to the opera, he quipped about young people sometimes being drawn to the stodgiest old productions at Met to which Peter Gelb immediately replied “we don’t have stodgy, old productions at the Met” haha :-P.

      • Camille

        AKChica!!

        The system won’t allow me to log on in the appropriate response place, so I’ll do it here at the end of the thread instead.

        As a matter of fact, your response to my mention of Catherine Clément’s book was quite instructional. You see, it was something very new and very different when I discovered it, back in 1992 or thereabouts, and now from your perspective. I see that it is all just a part of the stream of things and something you have picked up on as a matter of course. So, I guess we really do live in separate spaces and time zones!! What is still kind of nouvelle for me is just old hat for you. Anyway, I am glad you already knew of that book, and you gave me a good suggestion with the Jean-Luc Nancy Listening, as I knew not of it. As it happened, Monsieur Camille saw your notice first and told me he’d had to review it for a class and wrote a nice little précis of it. So, I’ll read his words on the piece first and then go forward. So thanks, querida!

        There is another book I want to share with you but first I need to find it in the rubble, and I think you may be interested in it as well. There are also the articles by Mary Ann Smart, a smart girl if ever there was one!

        And you needn’t thank me, it all goes without saying so…entiendes?

        Ciao4Now Chica!

  • zinka

    On 60 Minutes Sunday..Touching Interview w.Jimmie Levine..More power to him!!!!!!!!

  • zinka

    It took me forever years ago to do this….That was when I was normal…If you guess each Geschrei, I will invite you over..and with a teeeensy-weeeensy shopping cart you can grab all my Fischer-Dieskau tapes.

    Poor Zinka…I bet she would not laugh!!!!!

  • JohninSeattle

    I believe I made a similar noise when I passed a kidney stone.

  • Camille

    Auguste Amoebaguy!

    What can I say to thank you adequately for so thoroughly and kindly and patiently informing us of all this complicated Hoffmann matter? I am so gratified that you would even take the time to write a sentence on the subject, let alone all that you have chosen to give us.

    Thanks so very, very much for helping to throw some light upon this murky situation and forever curing me of any attachment to the Oeser edition!! It sure beat the alternative, at least at first hearing, though. And thanks for letting me know that the Selbstverlag house of Alkor belongs to him as well — I have one score, that of La Juive, which I got solely because it had the French.

    Since my first *stunned* encounter as an unsuspecting teen, with The Tales of Hoffmann, via the Powell/Pressburger film, it has been a work which absolutely fascinated me in so many details. and continually admire inordinately, even after all these long years.

    So, once more and always, thank you so much for being so generous with your time and information to help us all better understand this truly fantastic, work!

    Sincerely and gratefully yours,

    Camille

  • zinka

    Something tells me that Ivan Koslovsky, born Mar.11,1900, might have some slight difficulties with Riccardo Muti..but its FUN!!!!!!

  • zinka

    Another one!!! Jack Swanson…….Sign him up…he also can sing!!!!!!!!!!!

  • armerjacquino

    Has anyone seen the Opera Australia ROSENKAV with Cheryl Barker? Am recording it on my TV overnight but wondered if anyone could tell me whether it’ll be work a look.

    • armerjacquino

      Yes? No?

  • Feldmarschallin

    I am a bit under the weather today and lying on the sofa readint the March Opera and stumbled upon this letter by someone called Harvey Vincent who says he is a stage director but if I google him nothing comes up only that he wrote a book about directing opera in 1973 so he certainly cannot be the youngest hippest anymore.

    New depths of Eurotrash

    Having staged opera myself (where I wonder), I’ve enjoyed the heated arguments in OPERA about the role of director. But I howlingly protest Krzysztof Warlikowski’s desecration of Don Giovanni at La Monnaie. This new production succeeded in reducing Mozart’s masterpiece to a dull intrusion onto the director’s crudely nihilistic ideas.

    To judge from the intensity of the booing at the end of Act 1, much of the audience agreed with me. I regard Warlikowski’s staging as criminal, and pray that he will be banned (!) from directing opera. His excruciating work takes the term Eurotrash to new depths.

    Harvey Vincent
    Paris

    Perhaps Mr Vincent is not aware of the massive booing that the Chereau Ring received in Bayreuth when it premiered and the massive bravoing that happened the following years. I have enjoyed Warlikowski’s staging very much but have not seen the Don Giovanni. I assume Mr Vincent prefers the likes of Schenk and nowadays David McVicar.

    • armerjacquino

      A bit unfair on McVicar. Some of his work may be on the more traditional side but his wonderful Tottenham Court Road BOHEME for Glyndebourne and his SALOME in a 30s sewer are hardly Schenk territory. And the CESARE, still probably the production most immediately associated with him, is far from traditional too.

      • “A bit unfair on McVicar” could be a byline here at parterre.

      • I thought McVicar’s Agrippina was a great production, one of the best Händel ones I’ve seen. I saw it in both Brussels and Paris.

  • zinka

    Here’s Jack again! I guess when I find a new young singer, I am so happy for him/her…I know Jack will go far…but he has to have his Bar Mitzvah first….

  • Feldmarschallin
    • Vor 70 Jahren: The Stutthof Death Marches

  • zinka

    We went NUTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin

    ATTENTION GHEORGHIU FANS: tonight’s (Friday’s) “Werther” at Wiener Staatsoper has been posted at my Micloud site at: https://www.mixcloud.com/Jungfer_Marianne_Leizmetzerin/massenet-werther-borras-gheorghiu-tézier-fally-chaslin-wien-2015/

  • Feldmarschallin

    Gergiev is at it again. This time he says Putin was right and Obama wrong bla bla bla.

    http://www.der-neue-merker.eu/aktuelles

    • Feldmarschallin

      Of course dictators have to stick together.

      • turings

        Doesn’t read like a ringing endorsement of Putin from Gergiev, at least in the excerpt quoted:

        “Was denken Sie, soll ich überall rumerzählen, dass wir einen schlechten Präsidenten haben? Ich denke, ich weiß viel besser darüber Bescheid, womit sich der Präsident beschäftigt als die meisten, die darüber reden.”

        “What do you think – should I go around saying we have a terrible president? I think I am a lot better informed about what the president is engaged in than most of the people who talk about it.”

        I don’t know much about Gergiev, but this sounds more like a plea for understanding of the difficult position he’s in.

        • turings

          And just to add, the criticism of Obama was about Syria (in the context of saying that it’s not always Russia that makes the bad decisions in world politics): if Obama had supported the president of Syria, as Putin advised, then the status quo would have held and there wouldn’t have been the space for ISIS to develop.

          Obviously, there’s a great deal to disagree with there, but it’s not an out and out crazy position to hold.

          Anyway, Putin has mysteriously vanished, so who knows what is going on in Russia right now. Perhaps he has gone on an Aria Tours excursion and forgot to mention it to his minders.

          • Feldmarschallin

            So Obama should have worked together with Assad who is another dictator who kills his own people? Just so we are all on the right page. But then again Putin does the same so why does it not surprise me that Putin and Assad see eye to eye together.

            • turings

              Well yes, that would be one element you might disagree with :)

  • Feldmarschallin

    Hier der ‘kranke’ Jonas…

    https://www.facebook.com/baystaatsoper

  • Lohengrin

    Mit dickem Schal und warmem Wintermantel, eben auf dm Sprung nach Salzburg………….. The Show must go on.
    http://www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at/

    • Lohengrin

      English version of the interview:
      http://www.osterfestspiele-salzburg.at/en

    • Feldmarschallin

      Lohengrin singt Jonas eigentlich den Bacchus mit Harteros und Petrenko im Oktober?

      • Lohengrin

        Angeblich konertant.
        Soll die Stimme schonen, ich will ihn an meinem Geburtstag in Frankfurt hören!

        • Lohengrin

          It will be more interesting, whether they will do an Ariadne in München.

        • Feldmarschallin

          Geht das Gastspiel nach Frankfurt auch? In München sind szenische Vorstellungen mit ihr geplant, 3 Stück. Weiß allerdings nicht ob er da auch singt.

  • zinka

    INfamous scene!!Callas was quite bad in 1956..She does not make the D..Enzo Sordello sings his note…She had him fired!!!!!!!

    However that same Lucia D in 1958 was so great that I recall saying,”NOW I know what she was.” However,we missed 1949-1955..possible the most exciting singing EVER!!!!!!