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The rich are different from you and me

Whether you love the 2018 Berlin Staatsoper Tristan and Isolde depends on what you think the opera is about. In my opinion, this production brilliantly projects the inner life of Wagner’s 19th century masterwork onto the 21st century.  Read more »

Broadcast: Lohengrin

Live video stream from the Staatsoper Stuttgart starting at 11:00 AM. Read more »

Burning woman

The opportunity to participate in a great live performance of Götterdämmerung is a rare privilege. Given the massive artistic enterprise that is the Ring, it is rare for one to simultaneously encounter singers, dramatists, instrumentalists, conductors and directors of the highest caliber. And I count myself as privileged to have witnessed one such Götterdämmerung at the Royal Opera House during this season’s revival of Keith Warner’s RingRead more »

Tristan up close

Sunday, August 26, marked the inaugural performance for the newly-created The Claude Heater Foundation with a concert performance of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in the Herbst Theatre. 

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Broadcast: Tristan und Isolde

Act Two of Wagner’s music drama with the Boston Symphony.

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Fifty shades of Grail

The Met’s magnificent revival which opened on Monday night with a superb cast under the mesmerizing leadership of Yannick Nézet-Séguin nearly converted me into a devoted Parsifal disciple.

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Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Sängerkrieg!

“Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / We’ll be so glad to see you!”

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Tragedy tonight

In May of last year tenor Piotr Beczala and soprano Anna Netrebko sang in Lohengrin for the first time under the baton of Christian Thielemann in his home house at the Staatskapelle Dresden.

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