Cher Public

  • PCally: Big big fan, particularly as Hoffmann. He could be a bit much at times and I never found the sound the most intrinsically... 7:39 PM
  • Krunoslav: Well, thanks. I rather liked “IPHIGENIA IN TAURUS”, which sounds like a former Alden AD’s elevator pitch. 7:11 PM
  • armerjacquino: Heh! You are KILLING it this week, sir. 7:01 PM
  • Krunoslav: It took me four days to hitchhike from Fermanagh. 6:57 PM
  • armerjacquino: I’d agree with everything you say, with a slight caveat about ‘sounding more or less like herself’. The... 6:47 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: I suppose finding Shicoff’s behavior “so repulsive” that it impedes enjoyment of his art is a personal... 6:28 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I’m not Freni’s biggest fan but she never pushed her voice, even in her lesser things like the Aida and Forza. She always sang... 6:25 PM
  • Will: I was at the MET the night of the infamous Trovatore premiere — the cross-shaped “gangplank&# 8221; came swinging down... 6:07 PM

Cross purposes

forza_amazon“Has anyone ever seen a truly great production of this opera?” asked Parterre’s Jungfer Marianne Leizmetzerin last November, in the course of sharing audio from an excellent 1974 Vienna Forza del destino. Marianne received few nominations in follow-up comments. When we talk of great Traviatas and great Falstaffs, it is likely we mean the direction and design teams contributed to the greatness. When we talk of great Forzas, we usually mean they did not get in the way. There was great singing, perhaps great conducting, and what was framing the musical performance was not ruinously bad.  Read more »

Touched by an angel

La Cieca reminds the cher public (pictured) that The Fiery Angel, webcast live from Munich, begins shortly (at 1:00 PM ET, actually.)

Nunsense

A Court of Appeals in Paris has ordered BelAir Classiques to remove from its catalog a video recording of Dialogues des carmélites as staged by Dmitri Tcherniakov for the Bayerische Staatsoper on the grounds that the production is a “betrayal” of the intentions of Georges Bernanos and Francis Poulenc.   Read more »

Arms

Arms and the man I sing

The opening night of the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new production of Aïda, featuring Jonas Kaufmann in his staged role debut as Radamès, was captured informally on audio, and can be heard in full after the jump.

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Lady Miss Kristine

The chills that you spill up my back

Does the above photo depict a) the first day of rehearsals of Mefistofele at the Bayerische Staatsoper, or, b) a Deee-Lite reunion tour?

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ariadne

Blue light special

The Bayerische Staatsoper’s wildly popular series of free live streams returns for its fourth season, live and in full HD, on October 28 with a webcast of Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos.

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Manon Lescaut Muenchen

The girl can’t help it

This afternoon at 2:20 PM EDT (20:20 CET), the Bayerische Staatsoper presents a live webcast of a sold-out performance of Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut starring Kristine Opolais and Jonas Kaufmann.

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Bianca Salome

How’s your head?

Now here’s a competition for a parterrian: the Bayerische Staatsoper is looking for a drag performer to lip sync the final scene from Salome!

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Manon Lescaut

The girl can’t help it

Join La Cieca and the parterriani this afternoon for a chat during the premiere of Manon Lescaut from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

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New Rock

A page right out of history

“This is obviously a difficult situation. But who knows Hans New Rock, knows his cool and objective aesthetic decision.”

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