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  • 98rsd: That said, I just listened to the Celeste Aida and he sounds rather unsteady. Listen to the... 3:46 PM
  • 98rsd: The audience there doesn’t burst into applause at every opportunity. I’m not sure Kaufmann... 3:36 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: That was a wonderful (and funny) image – does the muddy ascent make that note... 3:28 PM
  • Patrick Mack: ” The four-wheeler-drive s-through-the-mud ascent to the high C in “O patria mia”... 3:23 PM
  • uwsinnyc: When was this concert recorded? I’m curious. It’s a deluxe voice; I hope she... 3:10 PM
  • kashania: Moore was in the rotation for the Met Aidas but had to withdraw when she became pregnant. 2:59 PM
  • armerjacquino: Well, I did say ‘apparently& #8217;… ;-) It’s interesting, that line in the... 2:59 PM
  • Porgy Amor: Thanks, moritz, especially for the review quotation. 2:39 PM
  • Clita del Toro: And what about Latonia Moore? I liked her Aida much more than Monastryrska’ ;s. 2:37 PM
  • manou: Two white hopes – Andrea Carè and Francesco Meli. Piero Pretti (quite pretty) is also well... 2:35 PM

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]

Fairy tale

In his memoirs Richard Strauss had the foresight to put down what he called his “10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors.” It’s a fairly comprehensive list in spite of being so short with pithy comments like, “Never look encouragingly at the brass.” Number three has always been the one that’s fascinated me most: “Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music.” Seriously, how often has that happened? The average performance of Strauss’ Elektra reaches a decibel level akin to the landing deck of a fully functional aircraft carrier. I’ve even heard rumors that the John Culshaw produced ‘sonic-stage’ spectacular Decca recording with Georg Solti conducting and Birgit Nilsson’s all-out assault on the title role can be heard from space. Read more »

Pardon the expression, but this is a steal

The complete recording of Der Ring des Nibelungen conducted by Christian Thielemann at the Bayreuth Festival is now on sale for only $5.99.

And, no, I am not making this up.

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Female on the beach

Christian Thielemann has proved himself to be the preeminent Strauss interpreter of the current generation of conductors and he’s in striking  form here.

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Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery.

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She wants to be a primadonna

On Saturday I attended the premiere performance of a new production of Ariadne auf Naxos at the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, Germany.  It was Renée Fleming’s debut in the title role…

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