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Christian Ocier

Something With a ‘Ring’ to It

The Metropolitan Opera’s current revival of the Ring offers audiences the opportunity to relive these dramas with a roster of musicians largely plucked from our time’s premier interpreters of Wagner. Cycle II in particular represents an embarrassment of musical riches, as it marks the sole instance when one could simultaneously sample the exemplary artistry of Andreas Schager, Michael Volle, and Tomasz Konieczny within a contained traversal of the four operas.  Read more »

Der Meisterdirigent

Christian Thielemann celebrated his 60th birthday earlier this month and is currently presiding over the Salzburg Easter Festival’s new production of Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (this deserves a listen as well for Georg Zeppenfeld’s first Hans Sachs).   Read more »

Meaty content

Ambrogio Maestri is a superlative vocalist and a most idiomatic and charismatic artist. His portrayals of the Italian repertory’s great comic baritone parts are without peer today, with none more spectacularly finished than the great Verdian role he has made his own—the fat knight Sir John Falstaff in the composer’s sparkling final opera.  Read more »

Get in the ‘Ring’

Wagner’s Ring is an artistic masterpiece that is peerless in its ability to continually reveal layers of musical, theatrical, and philosophical insight

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After the Fach

I thought it would be a great exercise for commenters to organize something of a Parterre Fachbuch.

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General Elektra

Nina Stemme’s Elektra is familiar to me in three different incarnations.

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The octogenarian muse

Helga Dernesch is the singer whom I largely credit for rekindling my love for opera.

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Love of the earth

Claudio Abbado passed away on the 20th of January five years ago, just months before I began my Ph.D.

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