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  • WeillFan: Five-time Tony Award-winning director/choreogra pher Susan Stroman (“Crazy for You,”... 1:14 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Danke. 12:57 PM
  • messa di voce: “Need we say more about why the MET is in the red.” Considering that Sybil is... 12:55 PM
  • Roy Wood: A NEW PRODUCTION OF MERRY WIDOW? Need we say more about why the MET is in the red. Wasn’t... 12:39 PM
  • Grane: “…the second WITWE cast, which will include the bel canto Valencienne of Dancin’ Danielle... 12:24 PM
  • La Cieca: Gesundheit. 12:24 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: ‘eschewal of tired musical and vocal belly-laugh knee slaps (never funny in comic... 12:22 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Indeed Cieca! – the eschewal of tired musical and vocal belly-laugh knee slaps (never... 12:21 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: Role, not tile. 12:17 PM
  • EarlyRomantic: And who said Tosca has to be a svelte? That’s why makeup artists and costume designers... 12:16 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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