Cher Public

  • antikitschychick: hahaha ok. 5:23 PM
  • antikitschychick: Yes the Met does have a certain set of criteria being that it’s a very large theater and I totally get what... 5:22 PM
  • Lohengrin: At Parsifal the “change̶ 1; of the taddered coat to the white shirt needed the anoiting with chrism and touching with... 5:09 PM
  • manou: Oui. 4:56 PM
  • Dolciamente Pipo: David,you hit the nail on the head. This reminds me of when Jonas Kauffman appeared shirtless in Act III of... 4:50 PM
  • Cicciabella: Anti, I was also thinking of the critics, not just the august parterriat. I wouldn’t want to deny any singer success at... 4:41 PM
  • antikitschychick: Sorry I meant to say: I’m not denying that what you say (about Pirozzi) *CAN happen. I blame my phone, once again. 4:28 PM
  • antikitschychick: ‘Hue’? ;-) :-P. 4:23 PM

Heaven must be missing 14 angels

The Hänsel und Gretel discussions over the holidays plunged me down a YouTube rabbit hole, and while I was grubbing around down there I saw an amount of directorial Fail at one particular point that was surprising in such a reliable old warhorse.   Read more »

Tanks a lot, but no tanks

Bayreuth’s most recent production of Tannhäuser was set to be retired. So of course they captured the 2014 performances for posterity and released it on video. The DVD has the typical Bayreuth package—it’s well-filmed, with a fairly steady camera that often pans out to full-stage shots instead of the using the new HD technique of constant close-ups. Good job, Bayreuth film crew.

The production by Sebastian Baumgarten is however the type of regietheater that’s not a rethinking or reconstruction, but just a hot mess. The first clue that the director might have been a little too high on his own ideas is the fact that the pre-curtain time AND intermissions are staged. Yes, that’s right, Baumgarten apparently thought his ideas were such treasures that he expected the audiences to not pee during a five-hour opera. I have no idea how this actually played in the house and whether everyone really stayed put during intermissions but this is how it’s presented in the video. Read more »

Dead nacred

La Cieca (not pictured) surrenders, cher public: she can no longer bear the burden of opposing ignorant, hysterical pearl-clutching on the internet. The clutchers have won. Read more »

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Up to speed

“New York is great. Opera is great. They deserve each other. So what can we do to get them together? Who can show us how it’s done? We need to ask the Germans.”

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Carl Rosa

Cooting edge

Fans of the “context-free laundry list” school of opera criticism will be happy to know that “the world’s preeminent philosopher in the field of aesthetics,” Roger Scruton, has now shouldered the white man’s burden of rescuing opera from interpretation.

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Moses

Words and music

As is happening increasingly in opera productions today (e.g., the Rosenkavalier in Stuttgart), the action of Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper begins some minutes before the music does.

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Tosca

The grandeur that was Rome

Some thoughts about the perishability of opera productions follow.

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Trelinski

Love it to death

Mariusz Trelinski will direct Tristan und Isolde for Metropolitan Opera in a production that will premiere there on opening night 2016.

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Flame war

The role debut of a world-class singer is always a time of great anticipation, hopefully to be followed by celebration, if not unbridled jubilation.

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Timor di me? Security!

Anna Netrebko (Leonora) is seen during the Il Trovatore photo rehearsal on August 4, 2014 in Salzburg, Austria.”

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