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  • la vociaccia: I didn’t listen to the broadcast but I’m going to this production later in the... 10:29 PM
  • Krunoslav: I was so angry as a 15 year old drama student when I first saw this show that I booed loudly from... 10:09 PM
  • Batty Masetto: But the important question: did she have the Habsburg tail? (Which I doubt would have shown... 10:08 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Joan looks very pretty here. The prettiest I’ve ever seen her. 10:07 PM
  • laddie: In Santa Fe, we clutch our squash blossoms which can be very dangerous. 9:44 PM
  • Poison Ivy: Well before the days of photographs royals just commissioned portraits that took out their flaws.... 9:42 PM
  • laddie: Wasn’t Carsen’s NP of Zauberflöte done last year at Baden-Baden? 9:41 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: Turning men into jelly is not a compliment to a lady’s charms :D 9:40 PM
  • laddie: I thought she sang much better than the dress videos in cantabile/cabalett a, especially the... 9:35 PM
  • Guestoria Unpopularenka: I really didn’t think the rehearsal clip was bad at all. 9:33 PM

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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Richard Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos started life as a favor to the great theatrical producer Max Reinhardt who had saved the world premiere of Der Rosenkavalier in Dresden in 1911. Reinhardt was now being given his choice of a musical/theatre piece to revive for the Deutsches Theater in Berlin. His choice would be Molière’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme with Hugo Von Hofmannsthal providing the new adaptation of the text and Strauss contributing incidental music in the manner of Lully and a final divertissement on the classical Ariadne.

Our musical history books show us that this exciting new hybrid entertainment eventually happened at the Stuttgart Court Theatre ballooning into a nearly five hour performance that left the audience, who were there mostly for their Strauss, in a state of benumbed frustration.  Even with judicious cutting in a number of other venues, including London under Sir Thomas Beecham, this version never found success. Read more »

Wer nicht mit dem Woolfe heult

Zachary Woolfe (not pictured) makes his way to Bayreuth to try to unravel the Evgeny Nikitin mystery. Though many questions remain unanswered, it’s still a compelling read. (Don’t miss the Christian Thielemann pullquote near the end!) [New York Times]

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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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