This is Ring week here at parterre.com, cher public, and to kick of the communal watching festivities, La Cieca (not pictured) invites you to watch tonight’s prologue to the prologue, the documentary Wagner’s Dream. The Susan Froemke film is scheduled for PBS at 9:00 pm. Read more »
The Robert Lepage production of the Ring cycle will be shown complete (including the now de rigueur fifth part of the pentalogy, Wagner’s Dream) September 11-14 on PBS. La Cieca will announce plans for concurrent chats at a later date. [thirteen.org]
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato is first among equals in a spectacular cast when she sings the title role of Ariodante in this season’s installment of Carnegie Hall’s critically acclaimed cycle of Handel’s operas in concert. A brilliantly melodic work, the opera features outstanding arias for each of the principal singers, including Ariodante’s melancholy “Scherza infida” and show-stopping “Doppo note.” Harry Bicket and The English Concert bring authentic Handelian brilliance to this marvelous opera. (Photo: Simon Pauly) Get tickets. Read more »
Andrea Andermann, the producer who brought you Tosca in the Settings and at the Times of Tosca, Traviata in Paris, and Rigoletto in Mantova, is preparing for a telecast of La Cenerentola, to be performed and broadcast in two consecutive days, as per libretto, and filmed inside several palaces of Turin, with the Reggia Sabauda (the Savoy Royal Palace) as Ramiro’s abode. Read more »
La Cieca has just heard that the acclaimed production of Parsifal by Stefan Herheim will be telecast and filmed for DVD release next summer in Bayreuth.
Although the staging of the Met’s Saturday afternoon’s production of Salome will remain unchanged (i.e., Karita Mattila intends to jam out with her clam out) the HD cameras will demurely divert their lenses at the climactic moment of the Dance of the Seven Veils.Â According to Culture Monster, instead of the Full Mattila, the video audience will see “something, well, much more restrained.” “You’ll see the camera pan away from her as she does the dance,” a Met spokesman told Culture Monster. “Either it will pan discreetly away to the audience, or it will do a close-up of her face.” […]
During an intermission at the Metropolitan Opera’s opening night gala (was that only last week?), Susan Graham interviews RamÃ³n Vargas and RenÃ©e Fleming. Miss Fleming’s wig, we are told, is made of yak hair, butÂ what’sÂ Susie’sÂ excuse?
La Cieca is putting her entireÂ nest egg into popcorn futures, sinceÂ next season opera lovers will rarely emerge from their local movie palace. The Met will do an astonishing 11 HD simulcasts during the 2008-2009 season.Â Monday, September 22, 2008: Opening Night Gala starring the astonishingly well-preservedÂ RenÃ©e Fleming in fully staged performances of La Traviata (Act II), Manon (Act III), and the final scene from Richard Straussâ€™s Capriccio. RamÃ³n Vargas, Thomas Hampson and Dwayne Croft support milady;Â James Levine and Marco Armiliato share the arduous conducting duties. October 11: Â Salome with Karita Mattila baring all or, perhaps,Â near-all. November 8: Â Doctor Atomic.Â A […]
Definitive barihunk Nathan Gunn (center) will play Lancelot in a semistaged concert of Lerner and Loewe’s musical Camelot at Avery Fisher Hall May 7-10. Additional hunkiness will be provided by Gabriel Byrne (Arthur) and Marc Kudisch (Sir Lionel) and the diva quotient may be filled by Marin Mazzie as Guenevere. The New York Philharmonic presentation will be telecast nationally by PBS on May 8. [via NYT]