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  • rapt: I can’t speak to the in-house experience, but, having seen the HD, I can believe that the latter had virtues the former... 5:06 PM
  • suzyQ: DSS I didn’t see the HD because I saw the Elektra in the house. I’ve seen it twice and may go again for the last... 5:02 PM
  • DeepSouthSenior: I missed the Elektra Live in HD yesterday and am considering seeing the repeat on Wednesday night. Need some advice from... 4:32 PM
  • Signor Bruschino: Curious what the breakeven is on these broadcasts- If they split the $ with the movies, they net about $500k- 4:01 PM
  • The Poet Lenski: Elektra was definitely the least attended transmission at my local theater (suburban Philadelphia). I would say there... 3:39 PM
  • Jmrd: In my local cineplex Madama Butterfly was by far the busiest followed by Turandot. Lulu or Devereux were probably the quietest. 3:31 PM
  • Nelly della Vittoria: I was there too. He was good, wasn’t he? Missing that last bit of ardour, maybe, but it was elegantly done. As... 3:17 PM
  • armerjacquino: You know what, bronzino? If you want to live in a world where, say, Kiri te Kanawa is considered a greater artist than,... 3:08 PM

“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 »

Coming out

Christian Thielemann’s spirited, precise conducting and the superb, sumptuous playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden are the finest features of this strongly cast performance of Strauss’s Arabella, given a new staging for the 2014 Salzburg Easter Festival and released here on DVD by Unitel Classica.  The production also celebrated Strauss’s 150th anniversary.

Arabella, the sixth and final collaboration of Richard Strauss and librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, is frequently considered the stepchild of Strauss’ wildly popular Der Rosenkavalier, and indeed it contains many similar elements—Viennese setting, instantaneous passion, a specific courtship ritual.  Read more »

The showgirl must go on

Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump. Read more »

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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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Fairy tale

“Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music.” Seriously, how often has that happened?

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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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