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  • taminosboyfriend: Yes, it was indeed an excelent performance. There´s only a small cut in the children´s... 1:13 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Wow, even the teachers use music. How uncomfortable Bunnel appears in this video, which... 1:07 PM
  • quibbleglib: zinka — but what if I turn my speakers up really, really loud? ;) Did you get a chance to... 12:48 PM
  • Milady DeWinter: Has this Braunfels scene from Die Vogel ever been sung more beautifully? httpv://www.you... 12:47 PM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Interesting interview with LA Opera Christopher Koelsch in FORTUNE Magazine. He has a... 11:51 AM
  • DeepSouthSenior: Nor the utter, forsaken desolation of the end of Michael Corleone, as great an operatic... 11:35 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: P.S. Sorry about the repetitive adverb usage – guess my ‘mot du jour’ is... 10:55 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: But I don’t think the NYT cares much what Santuzza has to say or sing about. 10:52 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: JJ’s review is admirable and enjoyable to read. Now that the NYT has made heads... 10:51 AM
  • Milady DeWinter: Anyone listen or attend last night’s opening of Hansel and Gretel? I listened via... 10:38 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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