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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:

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

Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Succeed James Levine at the Met

Posted June 3, 2016

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will not officially take up the Met post until the 2020-21 season because his schedule is booked for several years. In the 2016-17 season, he will conduct "Der Fliegende Hollander" with Michael Volle, Amber Wagner, Jay Hunter Morris, and Dolora Zajick.

Parsifal - Dutch National Opera - December 2016

Posted May 27, 2016

Wagner's overwhelming last opera in Amsterdam with Christopher Ventris in the title role and Petra Lang singing Kundry.

First Hand Report from Dresden on Lohengrin

Posted May 20, 2015

Here is a first hand account of the Dresden role debuts of Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala as Elsa and Lohengrin. The report comes from WSNC Member Michael Foden who is taking in a lot of Wagner in Germany, having just seen the Leipzig Ring among other performances.

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!