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  • Poison Ivy: I agree. I think the word “developing& #8221; would imply that a voice like Eyvasov’s... 5:52 PM
  • antikitschychick: yes agree about the Corelli timbre but also agree about the (apparent) lack of... 5:38 PM
  • moi: Well, Kaufmann has sort of a corelli timbre at least to my ears… the thing is, that it is a sound... 5:28 PM
  • antikitschychick: I haven’t heard it yet obvs but as soon as it was announced that she (AH) would be... 5:14 PM
  • Constantine A. Papas: AN will never sing AL unless she can deliver. When it was announced that she would sing... 5:14 PM
  • danpatter: Thanks especially for posting the Geszty and Grist clips. I enjoyed these two sopranos on record... 5:07 PM
  • antikitschychick: Sounds like the celebration was a hoot :-). IDK about Boheme but certainly in Iolanta she... 5:06 PM
  • decotodd: I am seeing the Carmen on Wednesday with Jonas at the Met. Has he done this production before? Not... 5:02 PM
  • LT: Trumpet voice without a squilo? How is that possible? 4:48 PM
  • moi: The performance was a HUGE success. Harteros was splendid in the first half, so the second part from her... 4:41 PM

Equal rites

As with all good myths, certainly all the myths at the heart of Wagner’s operas, the juggling of symbols and archetypes and themes in Parsifal opens the piece to a great variety of interpretations. Many recent productions have twisted things in a way that seemed to strain or defy Wagner’s intricate libretto and lush, meticulous score: gray springtimes in a world beyond nuclear or environmental holocaust, that sort of thing. But the world of Wagner’s tale is, like our own, a world in crisis, on a razor’s edge. That’s bound to resonate with contemporary directors. They then have many options in setting out the workings of the crisis in this fable of a solution to whatever may be broken.   Read more »