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  • Poison Ivy: Yes, the unexpectedly fussy vocal lines in the 1853 version are really jarring to the ear when... 12:20 PM
  • Porgy Amor: I almost linked to Ivy’s clip myself, but the meat of what I was talking about is just... 12:19 PM
  • armerjacquino: The 1853 edition is the biggest drawback of the Carsen version for me. It’s fascinating... 12:04 PM
  • armerjacquino: Yes, I agree. The interesting thing about Germont is that he thinks he’s a good man... 12:02 PM
  • Dabrowski: “The only operetta ever written about Subpart F of the Internal Revenue Code made its debut... 11:59 AM
  • Porgy Amor: On that point, aj, I agree. He has come armed with several methods of persuasion, and this is... 11:54 AM
  • Poison Ivy: Here’s a clip of that moment. Is this production the only one to use the 1853 edition?... 11:42 AM
  • armerjacquino: I’ve never seen the ‘Un di quando le veneri’ section as pragmatism or... 11:25 AM
  • tiger1: Elliot Palay, I remember seeing him at the first Aarhus Rings (in Denmark) in 1987 as Siegfried (my... 10:51 AM
  • Krunoslav: Anyone else at MEISTERSINGER last night? Martin Gantner jumped in as Beckmesser, skilled and very... 10:40 AM

High concept

Well, my dears, if you thought Frank Castorf‘s Ring and Stefan Herheim‘s Meistersinger were outré, then wait until you get a load of the radical take on Don Carlos by Peter Stein for the Salzburg Festival!   Read more »

Geherheimnishehr hallt mir dein Wort

It’s not a sure thing, only a “perhaps,” but it’s the most exciting Regie news La Cieca has heard all season. According to an interview with Alexander Pereira, intendant of the Salzburg Festival, published in the current issue of Opera magazine, this summer’s new production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg by parterre fave Stefan Herheim “will also go to Paris and, perhaps, New York.” Read more »

Kaufmänner

“Taking the libretto’s description of ‘panther-like’ literally, Bacchus appears in a shiny leopard-print suit (well, close enough) and proceeds to creep up to Ariadne like a shy housecat.”  Veteran blogress Zerbinetta (pictured, left) was right there for the Salzburg Festival’s gala Ariadne auf Naxos and the two-tenor version of La boheme, and reviewed both productions for the website bachtrack.