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  • Fidelia: Thank you, Manou. I read your review with interest (vested or otherwise). Not too long, and written with your usual *style... 7:24 AM
  • Cicciabella: Best brows in the business. 7:13 AM
  • Cicciabella: My impression is that he had prepared ahead, at least by reading about the plot, and that some of the naivety was pretend.... 7:12 AM
  • La Valkyrietta: Thank you manou, so happy for you it was musically enjoyable. I cringed reading about the koncept or whatever and hope the... 7:04 AM
  • turings: Thanks, manou! Not at all tl;dr :) 7:04 AM
  • turings: That’s a pity. I have tickets to see Tézier in the Macbeth. I wonder will he sing the June run. I heard Calleja last night... 6:07 AM
  • turings: I don’t know if it’s that direct, Ivy, but there has been a lot of quite nuanced commentary about that and the... 5:56 AM
  • manou: I was in fact very pleased with myself (so what else is new) just for knowing that Ivy was referring to Game of Thrones. 5:28 AM

“Nun halt’ ich, was mich erhebt, der Mächtigen mächtigsten Herrn!”

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 »

Heil and farewell

The Bayreuth Festival has decided to walk away from Jonathan Meese, canceling his production of Parsifal scheduled for 2016. The reason given for Meese’s ouster was an out-of-control budget, at last reckoning something more than €4 million. Andris Nelsons is still on board to conduct. [Die Welt]

Seligsten Paar

Maestro Christian Thielemann has made his choice for Lohengrin casting in Dresden and, later, Bayreuth: “Anna Netrebko als Elsa und Piotr Beczala in der Titelpartie.” [Kurier]

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Rough trade and regie

Meet Tobias Kratzer (left) who is scheduled to direct Tannhäuser for Bayreuth in 2019.

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“I felt the hand of Death”

Oddly enough, Eva Marton‘s interpretation of the Kostelnicka (pictured) goes unmentioned in Issue #38.

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In Ring und Reih’ die Hall’ erfüllen die Helden

Our Own JJ has been thinking about Bayreuth some more, this time in the pages of Musical America.

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No one who speaks German could be an evil man

If Frank Castorf‘s work on Der Ring des Nibelungen at Bayreuth accomplishes nothing else, it should serve as a sort of loud disorganized reminder of the dangers of indulging in the intentional fallacy.

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Into the wild green yonder

Mark your calendars and set your alarm clocks, cher public, for 13 October 2013 at 18:00 CEST (that is, 2:00 PM in New York City) when individual tickets for the 2014 Bayreuth Festival will go on sale online.

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Ring? What ring?

All right, I admit it; I finally broke down and read the program notes for the Ring in the Bayreuth program book.

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The Platz thickens

I’m told that the public were, if hardly enthusiastic, at least ambivalent toward the Frank Castorf Ring up until the first performance of Siegfried, at which point things got really ugly and the booing started in earnest.

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