With today’s conclusion of a selected Rosenkavalier video overview in three parts, we leave behind the Vienna of the 1740s, the time of breeches, fans and white wigs. All three of the remaining performances reflect a modern trend toward setting Rosenkavalier in a less distant era, that of the opera’s premiere or a decade or two thereafter. Read more »
Now we have considered the three “winners” in the Tristan video competition, let’s turn to the also-rans, or, to be more optimistic, the runners up. Read more »
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
La Cieca’s spies in Dresden (oh, they are legion!) report that there were HD cameras aplenty in the Semperoper at Wednesday night’s performance of Lohengrin, i.e., the one after the free “plazacast” last Sunday. This fact strongly indicates some kind of commercial release of the video, whether on a streaming service such as ARTE or else on disc for DGG (a label at which Anna Netrebko, Piotr Beczala and Christian Thielemann all have contracts, conveniently enough!)
In an unprecedented move, the Bayreuth Festival has named conductor Christian Thielemann official “Music Director.”
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.
Last night’s complete concert version of Die Csárdásfürstin from Dresden is viewable, after the jump.
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.”
“Conduct Salome and Elektra as if they were by Mendelssohn: Fairy music.” Seriously, how often has that happened?