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  • Feldmarschallin: Ja danke. Klar, Freitag habe ich den Türken. :) 8:16 AM
  • Lohengrin: Zur Info: 27. November ist Donneestag. 8:08 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: OK dann am Freitag. Danke und viel Spaß. 8:03 AM
  • Lohengrin: Falls ich gemeint war: nein, erst am 27.Nov. Ansonsten Viiiiiiiiel Vergnügen heute! 7:51 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Bleibst es dabei heute abend? Chocolate brown is the colour. :) Vor der Königsloge in der... 7:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: She also sang the Verdi Requiem :) which sort of counts. 6:44 AM
  • Krunoslav: Are you speaking of Jessye Norman? She sang Selika in L’AFRICANA ( Firenze, 1971) and Aida (... 6:25 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Thanks DellaCasaFan. I do have an icon on my Handy that says Spotify so I will try it there.... 4:52 AM
  • Ruxxy: All kudos to Mr Fry – this documentary is incredibly good. 3:34 AM
  • CwbyLA: NPW-Paris, I have been to that building before. It is called the Sureyya Opera House and it is in the... 3:12 AM

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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