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Broadcast: Tristan und Isolde

Act Two of Wagner’s music drama with the Boston Symphony, featuring Jonas Kaufmann, Camilla Nylund, Andris Nelsons, et. al. Listen here!

Fifty shades of Grail

While I recognize that it’s an unparalleled masterpiece, Parsifal has always been a difficult opera for me to love. Though it’s my least favorite of the canonical Wagner ten, I dutifully attend nearly every time it’s performed. But 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.  Read more »

Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Sängerkrieg!

“Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / We’ll be so glad to see you! / Heinrich, come on over for dinner! / Just be the three of us, / Only the three of us! / We love you!”  Read more »

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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Sausendes, brausendes Rad der Zeit

At long last, cher public, a finale to our Senta’s Ballad quiz, nearly a month late! The name of the winner and the complete lists of sopranos after the jump. 

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Ein Wolf war er feigen Füchsen!

Here’s Matt Baume enjoying Der Fluch Des Engelhart,

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Trauermarsch

I can scarcely remember a performance where so many conflicting thoughts raced through my mind as happened Thursday night during the Met Orchestra’s “bleeding chunks” of Wagner’s Ring at Carnegie Hall.

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Tanks a lot, but no tanks

The production by Sebastian Baumgarten is the type of regietheater that’s not a rethinking or reconstruction, but just a hot mess.

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