Live from the Bayerische Staatsoper this very afternoon, cher public, Bernd Alois Zimmermann‘s Die Soldaten, featuring the protean Barbara Hannigan. The webcast begins at 1:00 PM EDT, with chat, naturally, coinciding at La Casa della Cieca.
Let’s face it—there is no operatic suffering like Russian operatic suffering. In Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, all the Russian people starve and suffer, but none has suffering like the mental agonies of Tsar Boris. Now add to this suffering the sharp edge of a modern police state setting and numerous acts of violence brought by Catalan director Calixto Bieito, and you have one of the darkest, gloomiest, and bleakest performances of Boris Godunov ever, a Bayerische Staatsoper production from Munich 2013, released by Opus Arte. Read more »
Another season opens this weekend, the much-admired series of livestreams from the Bayerische Staatsoper.
What other company indeed but the Bayerische Staatsoper would commission David LaChapelle to photograph Diana Damrau for their portrait gallery?
We waited eagerly to hear the Munich-born Jonas Kaufmann make his role debut as Manrico at the Bavarian State Opera as well the German-Greek soprano Anja Harteros take on Leonora’s bravura difficult arias.