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Opera Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Alban Berg’s ‘Wozzeck’
"Wozzeck" is, for many, the crowning achievement of Alban Berg's career. While the opera premiered on December 14 1925, Berg actually saw the premiere of the play upon which he based the opera on May 5, 1914. We chose to celebrate that day because it was from that initial experience that the opera germinated in the composer's mind. So here is a little quiz to see how well you know…
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172 of World’s Greatest Singers Pick Mozart Opera As Greatest Ever
What is the greatest opera of all time? Everyone has his or her own opinions but a recent poll of 172 of the world’s greatest singers has yielded a consensus – Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” The poll included such stars as tenor/baritone Plácido Domingo, sopranos Kiri Te Kanawa and Renée Fleming and bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, among others, and was conducted by BBC Music Magazine. “'The Marriage of Figaro' is…
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How To Watch Salzburg’s ‘Wozzeck’
For audiences anticipating the Metropolitan Opera's upcoming 2019-20 production of Berg's "Wozzeck," they are in luck as Medici.tv and the Salzburg Festival are teaming to present it. On August 27, the opera will be streamed through Medici.TV allowing audiences around the world to see the acclaimed production by William Kentridge. The opera, which premiered on August 8, scored rave reviews with critics noting that after "Lulu" and "The Nose," Kentridge's…
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Critics Praise for Kentridge’s Gruesome Production for ‘Wozzeck’ at Salzburg Festival 2017
Following its opening at Austria’s Salzburg Festival, William Kentridge’s production of Wozzeck will be coming to the Metropolitan Opera in 2019. And by the looks of it, Met audiences are primed for a major treat. Shirley Apthorp of Financial Times describes the artistic direction of Kentridge’s Wozzeck as “grim sketches and animations, a return to his earlier medium of charcoal drawings, provide layer upon layer of haunting images to accompany…
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Erich Kleiber’s Impact on the Opera World
Erich Kleiber is widely considered one of the great conductors of the mid-20th century. Born on August 5, 1890, he was in love with Wagner’s art from his childhood, playing piano transcriptions from such works as “Lohengrin” and “Tristan.” He would go on to a legendary career, particularly in the world of opera, where he had a truly profound impact. Here is a look at his major moments in the…
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Metropolitan Opera Confirms New ‘Norma’ And ‘Tosca’ And The Return Of The Ring Cycle
The Metropolitan Opera has confirmed that David McVicar will direct two new productions for the 2017-18 season. In the January Playbill's welcome letter, Gelb noted that McVicar would be directing a new production of Bellini's "Norma" and Puccini's "Tosca." The two productions will mark the director's seventh and eighth productions at the Metropolitan Opera. As noted last year in a New York Times article, "Norma" will be sung by Sondra…
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Artist of the Week: Johannes Martin Kränzle to Delight Munich Audiences on New Year’s Eve in Strauss’ ‘Die Fledermaus’
Johannes Martin Kränzle is slowly becoming a recognized artist in the world of opera. After studying violin and composition for years, the baritone turned to opera and has not looked back ever since. Even after a setback from Bone Marrow Disease, Kränzle's return to the stage has had critics raving. This week, with many artists taking a break,  Kränzle will headline New Year's Eve at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Strauss’…