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Netrebko and Beczala Triumph in Lohengrin

May 20, 2015

The first reports are in on Anna Netrebko's first Elsa and Piotr Beczala's first Lohengrin performed in Dresden under Christian Thielemann. The report comes from the Blog "Slipped Disc" and it is certain that press reports will soon follow. The pair were met with a thunderous 15 minute ovation.

Ms. Netrebko is scheduled to sing Elsa when the Bayreuth Festivals mount a new Lohengrin production in 2017.

Exciting indeed!

WETA offers interesting audio programs about the WNO Ring

Posted May 19, 2016

Below is a link to the website of radio station WETA which offers some interesting programs about the Ring Cycle currently concluding its run in the Nation's Capitol.

Especially interesting is a commentary by German Ambassador to the United States, Hon. Peter Wittig.

Special thanks to German Consul General Stefan Schlüter for pointing this out!

Special Announcement from SFO General Director David Gockley

Posted May 18, 2016

From David Gockley:

I want to share with you news that was just announced to the Company in the last hour. As you will see in the press release, Nicola Luisotti has determined not to renew his music directorship after the 2017–18 season.

A Triumphant Seattle Flying Dutchman

Posted May 10, 2016


"The impassioned singers and clever staging are so consistently engaging that Seattle Opera's performance just speeds by. Director Christopher Alden makes full use of the ingenious set. Inventive lighting designs underscore and clarify the story line with jaw-dropping effects." –The Seattle Times

Kathleen Battle returning to the Met after 22 Years

Posted April 15, 2016

Kathleen Battle made her Met debut in 1977 as the Shepherd in Wagner’s Tannhäuser and went on to sing 224 performances of 14 roles with the company.

Pescadero Opera - Ring Course

Posted April 8, 2016

Pescadero Opera is featuring a 6 - week exploration of Wagner's Ring. These all-day courses cover each opera complete with a viewing of the subject opera. Additional courses cover Wagner and his life and times and a concluding program on the great impact of Wagner's work. 

For more information you can visit the website:

Controversy over new Bayreuth Parsifal

Posted April 8, 2016
This item comes from Andy Rombakis. Heightened security in Bayreuth is possible this year due to the new Parsifal production which is not flattering to Islam. The staging features flower maidens apparently ripping Burkas from their bodies.