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  • tatiana: I was at the Met for yesterday’s matinee and it WAS dull — not only vocally but there... 7:56 AM
  • ipomoea: Odyssey Opera in Boston has just announced a “British Invasion” for its May-June... 7:34 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well if you ask me you can put Merbeth, Dasch, Racette and Magee all in the same bag. They... 6:34 AM
  • Krunoslav: With Merbeth and Dasch plying their mediocre wares in this repertory, one scarcely meeds to look... 5:50 AM
  • Lurker_del_Cairo: Thank you – no wonder I could not find any performance information! 4:59 AM
  • Buster: Schwanewilms was an excellent Ariadne too, for Laufenberg. That was an awful production, by the way.... 4:47 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: http://www.gettyim ages.de/galleries/ events/543094813?p age=2 Photos von Salzburg besonders... 4:20 AM
  • Feldmarschallin: Well but you have to put up with Hillebrecht who was in the 60′s what Racette and... 4:16 AM
  • Buster: Ricarda Merbeth has a new website (about time), and facebook. From that we not only learn she will... 4:14 AM
  • Buster: The first Tatiana Troyanos Ariadne is back into print – always a hard one to find on CD. I... 4:07 AM

Springtime for Wagner

Could Marek Janowski do for Wagner what the early music movement did for the Baroque and Classical repertory? Though the distinguished maestro is smart enough not to stake any claims of authenticity, his generally fleet, lean-sounding and gracefully shaped interpretations provide a stimulating perspective on works that often invite interpretive overkill. Read more »

Dark side of the moon

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

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. Many recent productions have twisted things in a way that seemed to strain or defy Wagner’s intricate libretto and lush, meticulous score: gray springtimes in a world beyond nuclear or environmental holocaust, that sort of thing. But the world of Wagner’s tale is, like our own, a world in crisis, on a razor’s edge. That’s bound to resonate with contemporary directors. They then have many options in setting out the workings of the crisis in this fable of a solution to whatever may be broken.   Read more »

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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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Twilight of the Machine

“Now that it has become apparent that Robert Lepage‘s production of the Ring at the Met is a fiasco (too soon? Nah.)… well, anyway, since arguably the production is a dreary, unworkable, overpriced mess whose primary (perhaps only) virtue is that it actually hasn’t killed anyone yet, and since, let’s face it, the Machinecentric show turned out to be so mind-bogglingly expensive (all those Sunday tech rehearsals with stagehands being paid, no doubt, in solid platinum ingots!), something has to be done. In this article, I intend to propose that ‘something’.” Our Own JJ gets prescriptive at Musical America. (Image based on photos by Ken Howard)

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“Lehman’s Syndrome” bewilders medical establishment

From the Met press office: “Jay Hunter Morris will sing the role of Siegfried in Siegfried on April 21 matinee and April 30, 2012, and in Götterdämmerung on May 3, 2012. He replaces Gary Lehman who has withdrawn due to illness.”

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Put a Ring on

La Cieca (not pictured) was just leaked the information that the next planned revival of the Met’s Ring production (after next season) will be in the spring of 2017, i.e., about five years from now. That’s handy, because five years is the approximate lead time of casting big projects like these; the current crop of Wagnerians treading the Machine were selected circa 2007. A challenge for you, after the jump.

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