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Why can we hear an opera singer over the din of the orchestra?

Posted July 7, 2016

In this very interesting article from Scientific American, no less than a physicist delves into this sonic mystery:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/expert-opera-singer/?wt.mc=SA_...

Thanks to Leopold Eder for this one!

Bayreuth Parsifal baton passed to Hartmut Haenchen

Posted July 5, 2016

The Bayreuth Festival has announced that conductor Hartmut Haenchen has been appointed to conduct the upcoming Parsifal after the withdrawl of Andris Nelsons.

http://www.bayreuther-festspiele.de/fsdb_en/personen/14824/index.htm

Book Shelf not full?

Posted June 27, 2016

Just when you thought everything had been written about Wagner and The Ring a new book appears on the horizon.
Roger Scruton has written another book on Wagner, "The Ring of Truth: The Wisdom of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung" (published on Allen Lane; 400 pages at a cost of £25).

Here is a review from the Economist:

http://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21701100-how-understand-mos...

Munich Opera Festival - Die Meistersinger Videocast 7/31/2016

Posted June 26, 2016 As part of the free "Opera for All", a new production of Die Meistersinger with Jonas Kaufmann will be broadcast live from Der Max-Joseph-Platz on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Schedule: Introduction @ 7:00 am (PST) or 1600 (CEST) Performance @ 8:00 am (PST) or 1700 (CEST)

Bayerische Staatsoper TV: http://www.operlive.de/

Cast and videos behind the scene:

Staatsoper in your home!

Staatsoper in your home. Today Bayerische Staatsoper will begin its annual Staatsoper Broadcast season with a performance from the Munich Opera Festival 2016.
Today's featured opera is Fromental Haléy's La Juive directed by Calixto Bieto (his Carmen production was just staged in San Francisco). This performance stars Roberto Alagna, Alexandra Kurzak, John Osborn, Ain Anger and Vera-Lotte Böcker and will be led y Bertrand de Billy 6:00 Central European Time which is 9:00 Pacific Time.

On July 24th 6:00 (CET) Rameaus' Les Indes galantes will be performed

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