In an unprecedented move, the Bayreuth Festival has named conductor Christian Thielemann official “Music Director,” according to a statement by festival spokesman Peter Emmerich quoted in Die Presse. Until now, Thielemann’s position has been that of “musical advisor” (musikalischer Berater.) Read more »
A first hint of what Anna Netrebko‘s latest Verdi role will sound like. Read more »
“La couleur dramatique l’emporte irrésistiblement, surtout quand il s’agit de satisfaire aux exigences insensées d’une écriture faite de combinaisons et d’alternances de registres vertigineux.” Read more »
Well done all of you for guessing almost all the correct identities of the mysterious Ortruden.
The “manager of legendary maestros” including James Levine, died today in Manhattan. He was 87. [New York Times]
For instance, the mule is more intelligent and more patient than its parents the horse and the donkey.
Though La Cieca’s occasional brushes with democracy have not left her with much faith in that form of decision-making, she is going to make the leap anyway and turn some small measure of control over to you, the cher public.
The host of the Metropolitan Opera’s Saturday Afternoon Radio Broadcasts and longtime public radio personality died today of complications from ovarian cancer. She was 58.