Broadcast: Xerxes Broadcast: Xerxes

Stefan Herheim‘s intensely enjoyable “barocke Muppet-Show” take on Handel’s opera starts streaming at 1:00 PM today on OperaVision.

on February 01, 2019 at 9:51 AM
“It can never be a simple experience” “It can never be a simple experience”

“I am an artist first, but also Catholic and homosexual.”

on January 09, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Country matters Country matters

Stefan Herheim productions may be many things, but they’re always theatrical.

on July 30, 2018 at 2:00 PM
You gotta ring them bells You gotta ring them bells

At long last (and about fucking time) undisputed genius Stefan Herheim will make his Metropolitan Opera debut, staging Les Vêpres siciliennes.

on June 29, 2018 at 7:42 AM
Star and garters Star and garters

No amount of scholarly diligence has kept Les contes d’Hoffmann from being the messiest of all standard-repertory messes.

on September 25, 2017 at 11:53 AM
The sprite in you The sprite in you

Today’s Rusalka video overview covers filmed performances of Dvorák’s opera since 2010.

on February 01, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Chat: Pikovaya dama Chat: Pikovaya dama

Parterre fave Stefan Herheim returns to Dutch National Opera to direct Pikovaya dama, in which the director attempts to reflect on the composer’s life, notably his hidden love for men.

on June 21, 2016 at 8:45 AM
The chopping block? The chopping block?

After five flops in a row, Mr. McVicar continues to win new assignments from the Met.

on March 31, 2016 at 11:36 AM
Her tiny hand is frozen Her tiny hand is frozen

The strange and deeply moving production of La bohème by Stefan Herheim for Den Norske Opera begins at 1:00 PM EDT this afternoon. You can watch it here on parterre, after the jump.

on September 12, 2015 at 12:12 PM
Tales of Stefan Tales of Stefan

This video everything: transgender muses, planted hecklers, Offenbach, serendipitous allusions to Caitlyn Jenner, reassigned music and the origin of the world.

on August 29, 2015 at 9:38 AM
“Venez-vous me mettre en bustier, cher auteur de mes maux?” “Venez-vous me mettre en bustier, cher auteur de mes maux?”

“Few operas better represent a moment such as ours, when stability and long-held certainties are hard to come by, particularly in regard to sexuality.”

on August 03, 2015 at 7:45 PM
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
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
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
From a distance From a distance

Things coming in the future, cher public: Anna Netrebko sings Adriana, Maddalena and Turandot; Stefan Herheim directs Der Ring des Nibelungen.

on March 20, 2015 at 1:04 PM
The dark side of the moon The dark side of the moon

After viewing Stefan Herheim’s production of Rusalka, I’ve got a new category: “regie slick.”

on September 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Rule number 11 Rule number 11

Cher public, you may remember that about 18 years ago a parterre writer called Dr. Repertoire came up with a handy list of rules for stage directors.

on August 22, 2014 at 3:17 AM
Rêve divin! heureux délire! Rêve divin! heureux délire!

Attendees of tomorrow’s parterre meet and greet (pictured) are reminded that Our Own JJ will be available in the Bar Thalia area of Symphony Space beginning at 2:00 for ticket pickup.

on November 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM
Save the date! Save the date!

La Cieca asks all members of the cher public in the New York City area to pencil in 3:00 pm on Sunday, November 24 as combination meet-and-greet of the parterriani and viewing of the HD film of Les Vêpres siciliennes at Symphony Space.

on November 03, 2013 at 9:00 AM
The mystery of Stefan’s “Vêpres” The mystery of Stefan’s “Vêpres”

The much-anticipated Stefan Herheim production of Les Vêpres Siciliennes opened last night at the Royal Opera, and the New York TimesZachary Woolfe was something less than completely bowled over.

on October 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM
We’ll settle that tonight! We’ll settle that tonight!

La Cieca has been wining, dining and otherwise wooing her Met connection (pictured above) and he (or is it she?) has come across with some tidbits about upcoming seasons at Casa Gelb.

on August 14, 2013 at 3:59 PM
And Tony goes to… And Tony goes to…

La Cieca spies spotted the New York TimesAnthony Tommasini at the opening of the Salzburg Meistersinger, which indicates his review should be appearing by tomorrow at the latest.

on August 05, 2013 at 1:13 PM
Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! Smile, Darn Ya, Smile!

Wagner’s Meistersinger, in a witty, sumptuous performance (thanks to Stefan Herheim and Daniele Gatti, respectively) is now being streamed on 3sat.online, available, so far as La Cieca can tell, wherever the internet reaches.

on August 03, 2013 at 3:41 PM
Desk set Desk set

Stefan Herheim‘s production of Die Meistersinger is set on the surface of Hans Sachs’ writing table!

on July 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM