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  • Bill: Kennedet – from more recent videos of Nebrebko doing various arias, it seems her voice is not quite as steady as it used to... 11:47 PM
  • Magpie: Is it the aspect of my monitor, or am I the only one who sees the elephant in the room…. Her. Is she getting huge or what?... 11:34 PM
  • kennedet: I must say I get a little concerned about Netrebko. Make no mistake that I can’t think of a more exciting singer in the... 11:10 PM
  • DerLeiermann: I see her stealing Margaret Price’s trademark look. http://www.lebrech t.co.uk/blog/wp-co ntent/uploads/2... 11:04 PM
  • laddie: You might want to run over to Philadelphia and catch “Cold Mountain” in February. I have seen Amleto and, well, I... 10:46 PM
  • Ilka Saro: Thanks for confirming that! My recollection was that it was in color, and I was thrown by the b/w clip. I don’t object to... 9:48 PM
  • aulus agerius: Operanews.com now has ‘The Year in Opera’ available which is very helpful. I’ve planned a trip to FL for... 8:48 PM
  • vilbastarda: Did any parterrian attend dell’Arte Opera’s Rosina by Hiram Titus, and care to share their thoughts? I went last... 8:47 PM

Oh Angela Merkel we love you get up

There is no snow in Bayreuth. There is no rain in Oberfranken. I have been to lots of Festspiele and acted perfectly disgraceful, but I never actually collapsed. [International Business Times]

“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]

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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.”

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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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