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Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Review: Parsifal
"Parsifal. Parsifal." Real? Dreamed? Which? In the opening of the Bayerische Staatsoper Opernfest 2018, we couldn’t tell. The new production by Pierre Audi and Georg Baselitz, which featured Jonas Kaufmann, René Pape, Christian Gerhahar, Nina Stemme, Wolfgang Koch, and conductor Kirill Petrenko, took us to a world far-beyond the drizzly night outside the doors, and watched a human and sacred tale that raised similar questions. Set in a nameless wood,…
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Bayerische Staatsoper 2017-18 Live Stream: Jonas Kaufmann Leads Starry Cast in ‘Parsifal’
The Bayerische Staatsoper will live stream its new production of Wagner’s “Parsifal” on Sunday, July 8, 2018. The production, directed by Pierre Audi, will be led by Music director Kirill Petrenko and star Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Gerhaher, René Pape, Wolfgang Koch, and Nina Stemme. The stream kicks off at 5 p.m. local time. That’s around 12 p.m. EDT and 9 a.m. PST for the start time. This is the last…
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Artist Profile: Siegfried Jerusalem, Wagnerian Hero
Siegfried Jerusalem could not have been better named. The Oberhausen native, born on April 17, 1940, would grow up to be one of the great 20th century interpreters of his namesake in Wagner’s famed “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” The tenor actually studied piano, violin, and bassoon in his formative years and started his career as a bassoon player. Eventually, at age 31, he started his vocal training and four years…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review: Parsifal: Alvis Hermanis’ Madhouse Production Will Drive You Crazy (Not In a Good Way)
Richard Wagner was a 19th century micro-manager in music long before the pejorative appellation appeared in MBA curricula. As his own librettist, casting director, set designer, costume conceptualist, lighting Loge and Dirigent, there was rarely any aspect of his music dramas which Wagner was prepared to relinquish to lesser talents. No composition was more tightly controlled than his ultimate opus “Parsifal,” which because of its inherent spirituality, was not even designated an…
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OperaVision 2017-18 Live Stream: Opera Ballet Vlaanderen Presents ‘Parsifal’
Opera Vision will start streaming “Parsifal” from the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen on April 1, 2018. Wagner’s final masterpiece will showcase Christoph Pohl as Amfortas, Stefan Kocan as Gurnemanz, Erin Caves as Parsifal, Kay Stiefermann as Klingsor, and Tanja Ariane Baumgartner as both Kundry and the Voice from Above. Cornelius Meister leads the Symhonish Orkest Opera Vlaanderen. The stream kicks off at 3 p.m. local time. That’s around 10 p.m. EDT…
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Embracing Tradition & Moving Beyond It – Tenor Russell Thomas On ‘Don Carlo,’ ‘Otello,’ & How To Learn From Artists & Audiences Of The Present & Past
This Saturday, March 3, 2018, the Washington National Opera will be staging a four-act version of “Don Carlo” with a superstar cast. While many might turn to the likes of Leah Crocetto, Jamie Barton, or Eric Owens, for the star power, tenor Russell Thomas is poised to have a big night in his Washington National Opera debut. Thomas recently spoke to OperaWire about his foray into the opera as well…
High Notes On This Day
The Defining Roles of Simon Estes’ Metropolitan Opera Career
Simon Estes, born on March 2, 1938, did not have an easy career path. While the bass-baritone succeeded in Europe in his early years, the United States didn’t take too well to him. He was only accepted for minor roles at most prominent theaters and it wasn’t until 1981, 16 years after his professional debut, that the Metropolitan Opera offered him a contract. The situation was so challenging for black…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Parsifal: A Brilliant Cast Shines In Met’s Greatest Production Of Last Decade
The world is divided into men and women. And only the unification of these two sides, through mutual understanding and respect can bridge the gap and bring about a new world full of equality. Sounds familiar right? It was what François Girard saw prior to 2013, and his vision remains ever true to this day. Perhaps even more prevalent. It is this kind of vision and understanding of human nature…
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Artist of the Week: Evelyn Herlitzius Makes Metropolitan Opera Debut in ‘Parsifal’
On Monday, soprano Evelyn Herlitzius kicks off her first year on the North American opera scene. For years, the German soprano has dominated Europe as a leading interpreter of the German repertoire. She has dominated Dresden, Berlin, Vienna, Milan, Baden-Baden, Salzburg, and Paris, among others, in such operas as “Elektra,” “Tristan und Isolde,” “Wozzeck,” “Lohengrin,” and Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen.” Now, for the first time in her career, she…
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Enjoying Life His Way – Bass Rene Pape on ‘Parsifal,’ Future Projects, & The Papeduck
René Pape, opera’s most iconic bass had an eventful 2017 and is kicking off the New Year in tremendous style. For those who want a recap – the bass sang in 14 productions throughout the year, mostly in Wagner operas and then ended 2017 by releasing a rubber duck in his image, the famed “Papeduck.” And now he’s back for more Wagner and is recently coming off the distinction of…