Parterre fave Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct Pikovaya dama, in which the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men. The streaming video begins at 1:00 PM today, and the chat window may be found after the jump. Read more »
On this day in 1868 Richard Wagner‘s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg premiered in Munich. Read more »
You don’t often hear the grand operas of Benjamin Britten on smaller stages. They re such subtle interactions of precise, detailed orchestral and choral effects with so many demanding (and highly rewarding) vocal parts, besides calling for a naturalistic acting style of a sort seldom called for by the grand operas of a previous era that only a company of tremendous resource, musical and otherwise, can give them without risking serious humiliation. Read more »
I have always wanted to see a production of Strauss’ Elektra that made my ears bleed.
It’s time to add more legends to my Mixcloud site: Mario Del Monaco, Raina Kabaivanska, and Tito Gobbi star in this 1962 performance of Otello from Covent Garden led by Georg Solti.
On this day in 1825 Gioacchino Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, ossia L’albergo del giglio d’oro premiered at the Théâtre Italien, Paris.
“In Houston and San Francisco, David Gockley [not pictured] commissioned operas destined for stages worldwide.”
La Cieca is sure she is unanimous in stating that this afternoon’s online opera broadcasts offer something for everyone in the parterre continuum.