Cher Public

  • Ruxxy: Armer IMHO if you don’t play it verite it can also be viewed as racist – the idea of NOT blacking up implies... 8:01 AM
  • steveac10: I don’t really see the issue. Otello is a Moor – which would likely make him a darker skinned Caucasian more akin... 7:56 AM
  • armerjacquino: In a world without racism, or the legacy of minstrelsy, it wouldn’t be. But we don’t live in that world so... 7:50 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: httpv://www.youtub e.com/watch?v=aTIG 5gmYIGY 7:14 AM
  • Quanto Painy Fakor: Someone’s comment on Opera-L that Leontyne did note want to sing Desdemona because she would be the moor’s... 7:04 AM
  • Ruxxy: Sorry David I disagree- what is ridiculous is that blacking up or down should be an issue at all. 5:31 AM
  • armerjacquino: Not snark at all: there’s no way on god’s earth that Voigt will be singing Mabel. 3:29 AM
  • David: Good. Ridiculous that in the 21st century singers are blacking-up to play parts 3:17 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.