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All they are saying is give peace a chance

Two of the greatest opera composers of the 20th century both happened to be gay and ardent pacifists.  We examine their musical commentaries this week with Der Prinz von Homburg by Hans Werner Henze and Owen Wingrave by Benjamin Britten.  Read more »

The green hills of home

The 2017 Bayreuther Festspiele broadcasts may be over, but I am still stuck up here on this comely Green Hill.  Accordingly, the principal cast members for the week’s Aida are all Wagnerians: Birgit Nilsson, Sándor Kónya, Rita Gorr, and Cornell MacNeil, led by Silvio Varviso in 1964.  Read more »

Babes in arms

Chances are you’ve been wallowing in Wagner all week, and I head up den Grünen Hügel tomorrow for eight days, so it’s time for some attractive and very young singers, coloratura with embellishments, and high notes galore: La fille du regiment from Wiener Staatsoper with Julie Fuchs and John Tessier.  Read more »

Deine Divadienste will die Frau

I wish to introduce our younger Parterrians to the magical Martha Mödl to commemorate the opening of the Bayreuther Festspiele which opens tomorrow afternoon. 

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From the house of the immortals

On 07 May 2007 the air inside Theater an der Wien crackled with anticipation before the premiere of Leos Janácek’s Z mrtvého domu (From the House of the Dead) in a production by Patrice Chéreau conducted by Pierre Boulez. 

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Operas on the verge of a nervous breakdown

It’s a pity that Francis Poulenc took so long to getting around to compose his operas.

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Back to the beach

Now it’s time to grab Albert Einstein for a lengthy swim.

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From Hell

In March 1973, OONY’s second season featured Francesca da Rimini starring Raina Kabaivanska, Plácido Domingo and Matteo Manuguerra.

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Let me live by my wits and Trost to my luck

I finally get to complete my personal operatic Top Ten this week with Igor Stravinsky’s only full-length opera, The Rake’s Progress. 

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Intermezzo (a love story)

 The glorious and beloved Elisabeth Söderström tackles the fiendishly difficult role of Christine in a 1974 performance from Glyndebourne.

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