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Bayreuth Festival 2023 Review: Parsifal


(Photo Credit: Enrico Nawarth / Bayreuth Festival)   It would be difficult to exaggerate the ways in which Jay Scheib‘s “Parsifal” at Bayreuth 2023 fails its sublime musical roots. From amateurish digital enhancement to bargain basement stagings, this opera sold out its mission in every way, save for one factor (more much later). In the front row of the loge {…}


Bayreuth Festival Announces 2024 Season


The Bayreuth Festival has announced its 2024 season. The festival will open with Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” starring Andreas Schager, Günther Groissböck, Camilla Nylund, Olafur Sigurdarson, Birger Radde, and Ekaterina Gubanova. Semyon Bychkov conducts the production by Thorleifur Örn Arnarsson. Performance Dates: July 25-August 26 2024 Günther Groissböck, Klaus Florian Vogt, Markus Eiche, Olafur Sigurdarson, Jens-Erik Aasbø, and Elisabeth Teige {…}

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Bayreuth Festival 2023 Review: Tannhäuser


(Photo credit: © Enrico Nawrath) Nathalie Stutzman debuted at Bayreuth this season with the festival’s production of “Tannhäuser.” She emerged triumphantly from the mystical abyss of the Bayreuth orchestra pit, where the conductor and the orchestra are hidden from the public. This unique orchestra space was designed as per Wagner’s specifications, who had been striving to create an immersive experience {…}


Joseph Calleja Withdraws from Bayreuth Festival’s ‘Parsifal’


Joseph Calleja has withdrawn from his upcoming performances of “Parsifal” at the Bayreuth Festival. In a statement, Calleja said, “Due to a persistent throat infection, I was advised by my doctor to withdraw from the current production of Parsifal here in Bayreuth. Goes without saying that this was a very hard decision to take, and I am so sorry for {…}


Stephen Gould Cancels Participation at Bayreuth Festival


Stephen Gould has canceled his participation at the Bayreuth Festival. The company said that Gould has had to cancel this year’s Bayreuth Festival on urgent medical advice. As a result, Andreas Schager will sing the role of Siegfried in “Götterdämmerung” while Clay Hilley will sing the title role in “Tristan und Isolde.” Finally, Klaus-Florian Vogt will sing the title role of {…}


Bayreuth Festival Announces Cast Change for ‘Götterdämmerung’ & ‘Tannhäuser’


The Bayreuth Festival has announced a cast change for two productions. The company said that due to health reasons Dmitry Belosselskiy has canceled his participation in the festival. As a result, Mika Kares will take over the role of Hagen in the “Götterdämmerung” and Günther Groissböck in the role of Landgrave Hermann in the “Tannhäuser.” Kares will make his debut {…}


The Metropolitan Opera Announces the 2023 Summer HD Festival Schedule


Credit: Metropolitan Opera The Metropolitan Opera has announced the schedule for its Summer HD Festival. Ten free opera screenings will be projected on the façade of the opera house in Lincoln Center Plaza on Aug. 26-Sept. 4. First up is a special presentation of the film “Moonstruck,” (1987) starring Academy Award-winner Cher, with costars Nicolas Cage, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello, {…}


Bayreuth Festival Announces Cast Change for ‘Parsifal’


The Bayreuth Festival has announced a cast change for its new production of “Parsifal.” The company said that Ekaterina Semenchuk has canceled her participation in the Bayreuth Festival for private reasons. As a result, Elīna Garanča will take on the role of Kundry at the opening of this year’s Festival, as well as on the two performance dates of July {…}


Anna Netrebko, Jonas Kaufmann, Lisette Oropesa, Elīna Garanča & Sondra Radvanovsky Lead Teatro San Carlo’s 2023-24 Season


The Teatro San Carlo di Napoli has announced its 2023-24 Season featuring concerts and operas. Sondra Radvanovsky and Oksana Dyka sing the title role in Puccini’s “Turandot” with Alexander Tsymbalyuk, Yusif Eyvazov, SeokJong Baek, Rosa Feola, and Amina Edris. Dan Ettinger conducts the new production by Vasily Barkhatov. Performance Dates: Dec.9-17, 2023 Mattia Olivieri, Alessandro Spina, Piero Pretti, Alex Esposito, {…}