Posted November 24, 2015
Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Thielemann, and Staatskapelle Dresden at Semperoper - HD video
Posted November 19, 2015
Five more performances: 6 p.m. Nov. 21, Nov. 24, Nov. 27 and Dec 2; 1 p.m. Dec. 6
Here are three rave reviews:
Posted November 11, 2015
Thanks to member Ken Caldiera for forwarding this. The Vienna Staatsoper will have a live stream of Der fliegende Holländer on November 24, 2015.
Here is the URL for the stream: https://sonostream.tv/live/der-fliegende-hollander-2015-11-24
The invitations will be in the mail on Monday but the registration form and description of the event are already available on the Special Events Page on the Wagner Society website!
Posted October 27, 2015
James Rutherford replaces Greer Grimsley in the role of Hans Sachs.
For those Wagner Society Members who will be attending the Washington National Opera Ring in 2016, the Wagner Society of Washington D.C. has announced an event which may be of interest. The Rhine Cruise on the Potomac is situated just after Cycle #2 and just prior to Cycle #3.
As if she wasn't busy enough singing Brünnhilde, Elektra, Turandot and other great dramatic soprano roles, Christine Goerke along with her colleague Kathy Kelly have organized The Miami Wagner Institute, a special summer training program in conjunction with the Miami Music Festival. The first Wagner Institute will be held in 2016.
Architect Frank Gehry has been engaged to design a new production for the Berlin Staatsoper. The Staatsoper opened its 2015-2016 season with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg. Gehry is noted for the Disney Hall in Los Angeles and locally for the Concord Pavillion
Below is a link to the announcement and the pronunciation is really quite something! Thanks to Hannes Vogel for sending along this one!
Posted October 12, 2015
From the "It Takes One To KNOW One" Department:
The Berlin Staatsoper presented a new production of Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg, scheduled to coincide with the 25th anniversary of German Unification (Tearing down the Berlin Wall). That isn't really the BIG news item though. What made this production extra special was the unusual casting of the Meistersingers themselves with some names from the past:
Olaf Bär (age 58) Hans Foltz
Graham Clark (age 73) Kunz Vogelgesang