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Artist Profile: Wolfgang Windgassen, One of the Great Heldentenors of the 20th Century
Wolfgang Windgassen, born on June 26, 1914, is one of the greatest heldentenors of all time. He was actually born in France to two singers. His father Fritz Windgassen was a well-known heldentenor and his mother, Vali von der Osten, was a coloratura soprano. His aunt, Eva von der Osten, was the singer who created the role of Octavian in “Der Rosenkavalier.” She was also a Wagnerian soprano. He made…
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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 Live Stream: ‘Der Ring des Nibelungen’ Comes to An End
Wagner’s “Ring Cycle” will continue to take over Vienna State Opera’s live stream service this week with two major performances. The cycle’s third installment, “Siegfried” gets the spotlight on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. local time. The performance is slated to run until around 10 p.m. That’s around 12:30 p.m. EDT and 9:30 a.m. PST for the start time. The cast will include Tomas Konieczny, Stephen Gould, Iréne…
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Everything You Need to Know About the Met Opera’s 2018-19 Revival of Wagner’s Ring Cycle
Anytime the Metropolitan Opera puts on a new production of Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen,” you better believe that it is a major event. The tetralogy will reappear in 2018-19 for the first time since the 2013 season, and as might be expected, there aren’t very many opportunities to check it out. So here is a rundown of the essential facts that you must keep stock of to check out…
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The Greatest Disguises in Opera
It’s Halloween! Which means that most people are taking the opportunity to disguise themselves as someone else, live out a temporary existence as a character that they either dreamed of being or enjoy playing. Opera is full of this kind of interplay, with characters disguising themselves or putting on literal costumes to get their way. One thing we often learn in opera about characters throwing on costumes is how much…
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Opera Profile: Wagner’s ‘Götterdämmerung,’ The Finale of ‘Der Ring Des Nibelungen
“Götterdämmerung” premiered on August 17, 1876, one day after its predecessor “Siegfried” had its first performance. The opera is the final installment in Wagner’s four-part “Der Ring Des Nibelungen,” but it was the first that the composer conceived and the first libretto of the four operas to be put to page. It was originally titled “Siegfrieds Tod,” Wagner started composition on “Götterdämmerung” while finishing Act 3 of “Siegfried.” He completed…
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Opera Profile: Wagner’s ‘Siegfried’
Within Wagner’s famed tetralogy, the third installment, “Siegfried,” might be the least popular or well-known. But there is no doubt that it is as crucial as any and might actually be the one most important in establishing dramatic balance across the four works. Among its major dramatic tasks is establishing the “Ring Cycle’s” major hero and bridging the musico-dramatic gap that Wagner left behind for a decade-long between the completion…
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Opera Meets Film: How Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Is Inspired By Wagner’s ‘Siegfried’
“Opera Meets Film" is a feature dedicated to exploring the way that opera has been employed in cinema. We will select a section or a film in its entirety, highlighting the impact that utilizing the operatic form or sections from an opera can alter our perception of a film that we are viewing. This week’s installment features Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained (2012)." At first glance, one might look at the…
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Artist of the Week: Johannes Martin Kränzle’s Essential Recordings
Johannes Martin Kränzle may not have the world-renown name of many major singers, but he certainly has the experience and recordings to illustrate his strength as an artist. The baritone has a varied selection from which listeners can choose from, ranging from high profile video recordings to more intimate listening experiences. Here are some of his vital albums. 1. Alberich in La Scala’s “Ring Cycle” Kränzle is quite famous for…