Wagner Society Blogs

"My Life with Wagner" by Christian Thielemann - book reviews

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Posted August 16, 2015

My Life with Wagner chronicles Thielemann's ardent personal and professional engagement with the composer whose work has shaped his thinking and feeling from early childhood.  Reviews:

http://www.spectator.co.uk/books/books-feature/9605072/the-old-fashioned-greatness-of-christian-thielemann/

New Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde on YouTube

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Posted August 14, 2015

Watch the complete opera in HD quality video with German subtitles on YouTube. But HURRY, it may be taken down soon.

Forwarded by Yoko Arthur

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Qv5pJkfgQ

New Voice of the Met - Mary Jo Heath

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Posted August 13, 2015

Mary Jo Heath's official tenure as the "voice of the Met" commences with the company's first Sirius XM broadcast of the season on September 21 with the Met's opening night performance of Verdi's Otello

The Ongoing Saga of Bayreuth

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Posted August 12, 2015

Bayreuth Festival, the House That Wagner Built, Stays on Course but Changes, by Micaela Baranello, New York Times, August 12, 2015

Forwarded by Andrew Rombakis

A vintage year for Bayreuth

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Posted August 10, 2015

Gripping in every way Bayreuth 2015 is shaping up to be a vintage year, by Hugh Canning, London Sunday Times, August 9, 2015

Jay Hunter Morris in Santa Fe production of "Cold Mountain"

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Wagnerian Jay Hunter Morris takes on the role of the villian Teague in Jennifer Higdon's new Civil War opera "Cold Mountain" based on the best selling Charles Fraizer novel and the subsequent feature film.  Tenors aren't usually cast as villians, but after performing Captain Ahab in "Moby Dick" Hunter Morris has what it takes to create a dark character. Hear his unusual venue for warming up.

Opera Philadelphia will perform the work in 2016 and Minnesota Opera will perform it in 2018.

More on Jess Thomas Bio-pic

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Victor Thomas and Jess Thomas Jr. have taken the next steps in the effort to produce a biographical feature film about their father - Jess Thomas.

You can view the Facebook Page and get some more information.

The working title is "I am Siegfried!"

There are also some photos from the January 2015 program presented by Jess Jr. and Victor.

Here's the link:

 

Have you had too much Wagner?

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Posted August 6, 2015

This comes from Jack Firestone who just left Bayreuth for Salzburg:

WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU HAVE HAD TOO MUCH WAGNER

You have had too much Wagner when:

1. You have replaced your doorbell with one that rings the four-tone Monsalvat motiv.

2. You reside in a high rise apartment building and you stow assorted brass instruments on your balcony.

Last run for Neuenfels' Lohengrin in Bayreuth

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Posted July 29, 2015

Controversial in 2010, Neuenfels' Lohengrin has become one of the great Bayreuth productions in the company of Chereau's Ring.  It will retire after this summer.  Klaus Florian Vogt, who has been singing the title role since 2011, will be singing Parsifal in 2016.

Voice of the Metropolitan Opera Margaret Juntwait

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Posted July 28, 2015

The golden voice of Margart Juntwait that was so familiar to opera lovers listening to the Met broadcasts for the last decade will be missed.  Here are two articles on how she started her on-air career at the New York City radio station WQXR and then at the Met.  She once described her role as presenting music in a way that was "friendly, engaging and decidedly unstuffy."