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Christian Ocier

To the extreme

Richard Strauss’s Die Frau Ohne Schatten captivates me for framing themes of such profound humanity within its creators’ rich mythical symbolism. Of the opera’s main characters, no other intrigues me like the Amme—a Mephistophelean figure who orchestrates the drama’s fairytale machinations all while singing Strauss’ most fiendishly acrobatic vocal lines.  Read more »

Brute force

In the fall of 2015, I ended a seven-year hiatus from live opera with two of Alban Berg’s staged works. Both were new productions—the first being William Kentridge’s palimpsestic abstraction of a Lulu at the Met, and a week later, David McVicar’s stark, Weimar Republic inspired Wozzeck at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.  Read more »

Hello young lovers, wherever you are

The 160th anniversary of Giacomo Puccini’s birth last Saturday inspired this edition of fantasy football opera.  Read more »

Are you ready for some Fantasy Football?

Assembling casts for three works: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde for Karita Mattila, Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov, and Aribert Reimann’s Troades.

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Overview: Riccardo Chailly

Riccardo Chailly’s appointment as La Scala’s new music director was news that I greeted with enthusiasm when first announced in 2013.  

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Burning woman

I count myself as privileged to have witnessed Götterdämmerungat the Royal Opera House during this season’s revival of Keith Warner’s Ring.

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