Semperoper’s Intendant Peter Theiler Cancels Rehearsal For ‘Ein Heldenleben’

Credit: Klaus Gigga Peter Theiler, the Intendant of the Semperoper Dresden, has canceled the planned rehearsal for Strauss’ “Ein Heldenleben” due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic concerns. Per the sources from the German press, Chief Conductor Christian Thielemann and the orchestra board of the Staatskapelle Dresden felt that their work was hindered. “You do not believe how disappointed I am {…}

‘Lohengrin’ DVD Review: Anna Netrebko, Evelyn Herlitzius & Piotr Beczala Are Unforgettable In Deutsche Grammophon’s Masterful Release

Last season Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala did what most expected was impossible. They performed their first Wagner roles in “Lohengrin.” During the four performances, rumors swirled around that the run had been recorded for DVD. A year later the rumors came to fruition as a DVD was released through Deutsche Grammophon in what is one of the finest “Lohengrin” {…}

Deutsche Grammophon Announces ‘Lohengrin’ With Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala

Deutsche Grammophon has announced the release of Wagner’s “Lohengrin.” The hotly anticipated DVD features Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala in their role debuts from the Semperoper Dresden. It will also feature Evelyn Herlitzius and Tomasz Konieczny and George Zeppenfeld under the direction of Christian Thielemann. When the opera premiered in 2016, Opera News noted, “The results were flabbergasting- this was {…}

Salzburg Osterfestpiele Begins With ‘Die Walküre’ Starring Anja Harteros, Anja Kampe And Peter Seiffert

On April 8 the Salzburg Osterfestpiele will officially open with a starry production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre.” The festival, which was established by Herbert Von Karajan, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, will re-create the original 1967 production. According to Christian Thielemann, the festival will celebrate Karajan by “attempting to re-create Karajan’s musico-theatrical vision of ‘Die Walküre’ from 1967. Our re-creation of {…}