The bough friend The bough friend

The Deutsche Opera an Rhein production of Handel’s Xerxes (which is shared with the Berlin Komische Oper), though I saw it three nights ago, has taken a while to settle down in my brain.

on May 09, 2015 at 6:45 AM
(Mighty real) (Mighty real)

A problem with scheduling an opera-intensive trip is that you don’t always hear and see the shows in optimum order.

on May 07, 2015 at 9:42 AM
The blue dream The blue dream

It will come to no surprise to followers of the direction of Stefan Herheim (or to readers of La Cieca’s gushing fangirl appreciations of his work) that his Stuttgart production of Der Rosenkavalier was as “delightfully busy” as we have come to expect.

on May 05, 2015 at 8:38 AM
Love vs. politics, plus poison Love vs. politics, plus poison

The first stop on The Cieca and Dawn Regietournee 2015 is the Stuttgart Opera.

on May 03, 2015 at 7:46 AM
Bühne nights Bühne nights

Your doyenne and her faithful confidante Dawn Fatale are off later this week for a safari, seeking the wild Regie in its natural habitat.

on April 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

“It’s fortunate that Lulu at Den Norske Opera was the last stop on the ‘Regietournee,’ because honestly anything after that would have amounted to an anticlimax. If there is a more brilliant director working in opera today than Stefan Herheim, well, maybe I shouldn’t see any of his work, because it might be too much…

on April 28, 2011 at 12:17 PM

“In New York… opera directors don’t matter so much. In Europe, it’s another story: There, the director’s curtain call provokes the wildest excitement of the night.” The long-awaited “Regie” piece by Our Own JJ appears in the New York Post.

on April 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Our own JJ (not pictured) has finally begun to unburden himself on the subject of the recent, much-discussed “Regietournee.” For reviews of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rusalka and Cosi fan tutte in Berlin, please go to Musical America‘s Rough and Regie. (Photo: Monkia Rittershaus)

on April 09, 2011 at 10:16 PM

The world has come to an end and we are at the end of the world, the collapsed ruins of a bridge that can no longer be crossed. There is no greenery; the few trees that are left are dead and being chopped down for fuel.  Shell-shocked survivors wander through this hellscape, fighting over the…

on March 23, 2011 at 4:39 AM

Just five hours from now: Parsifal! Musikalische Leitung: Manfred Honeck; Regie: Calixto Bieito; Gurnemanz: Attila Jun; Amfortas: Gregg Baker; Parsifal: Andrew Richards; Klingsor: Claudio Otelli: Kundry:  Christiane Iven; Titurel:  Matthias Hölle.

on March 20, 2011 at 5:54 AM

Opera is about the possibility of transformation. An unassuming woman can walk in through the theater’s stage door and emerge on stage as fiery princess capable of making the walls rattle.  Alas, these transformations inevitably fail to stick.  Every Turandot must hang up her crown; every Elektra must put down her ax one final time.…

on March 19, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Or, for those of you who don’t take pleasure as La Cieca does in inventing totally bogus German compound words, Itinerary for the Regie Tour. Your doyenne and faithful sidekick Dawn Fatale (also pictured) will be hitting the continent later this week for a taste of productions done in the German style. Any European members…

on March 14, 2011 at 2:11 PM