Cher Public

  • Camille: I, too, have always wondered what ‘might have been’ had Mr Gentele not died so unexpectedly and so young. It was... 11:30 PM
  • Camille: Thanks für Brangänens Warnung, Jungfer!! Gotta love it! httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=RbgVBcQB XKw I’ll take your Jonas and... 11:24 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: While you were out watching “High Sierra,” you missed the Baden-Baden gala which featured... 10:54 PM
  • Jungfer Marianne Leitmetzerin: Bill, you are of course correct about “Jenufa̶ 1; being sung at the Met first in German, then in... 10:51 PM
  • Bill: Jungfer – true, but I believe that Gentele and Kubelik had planned the new Jenufa (with Teresa Kubiak) and it was sung in... 10:36 PM
  • Camille: Saluti allo Maestro di Catania, PIPPO— httpv://youtube.co m/watch?v=Bt13iDJE 4nk The young, unspoiled and breathtaking voice.... 10:24 PM
  • Camille: “Schweig — Schweig . . .” VORHANG 9:51 PM
  • Camille: Thank you for your kind impulse and I do plan to re-visit it, and would hope this indication would help anyone else curious or... 9:48 PM

Coupe de grâce

Those among the cher public who did not find enough Wagner in their Christmas stockings (or who are still reeling from the recent ROH travesty they called a Bühnenweihfestspiel) will be pleased to hear that our good friends at Opera Depot are currently offering a free download of Parsifal conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch at the 1963 Bayreuth Festival.

The opposite of canard is truth

“Is Parsifal, then, a religious artwork, or is it a work ‘about’ religion? Unsurprisingly, the answer turns out to be: both. More profoundly, however, the very material of Wagner’s drama may be understood to lie in exploring the relationship between the two tendencies.” This week, an anti-canard: words of wisdom from the always fascinating Boulezian.

The music lovers

The curious things about accepted wisdom is that sometimes it’s correct. Take the case of Herbert von Karajan, a conductor whose early work is often considered more powerful and spontaneous (and less self-indulgent) than the stuff on his later recordings. Perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than in his 1952 live Tristan und Isolde from Bayreuth, a bracing account with Ramon Vinay and Martha Mödl that in almost every way surpasses his widely praised 1972 studio version with Jon Vickers and Helga Dernesch.   Read more »

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Springtime for Wagner

Could Marek Janowski do for Wagner what the early music movement did for the Baroque and Classical repertory?

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Dark side of the moon

Finally some video of Stefan Herheim‘s Salome production shows up on YouTube.

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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.

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One touch of venous

Like the hero of Parsifal, who finds the Holy Grail after a lifetime of frustrated wandering, the Met’s audience was finally rewarded for its patience.

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Ring à la russe

Wagner is becoming an important calling card for Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Theatre.

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Zukunftsmiausik

Leave it to a cat to transform a Wagner festival into the Jellicle Ball.

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Wholly Grail

Certain opera productions become the stuff of legend as much for the circumstances surrounding the performance as for the musical results.

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