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
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.
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:
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.
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.
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."
Posted July 28, 2015
WSNC member John P. Wagner made the acquaintance of MET Opera Host Margaret Juntwait some time ago. John has blogged his thoughts on Ms. Juntwait who died recently. You can John's blog post here:
Posted July 26, 2015
Wagner's newly restored house, now a museum, is now open to visitors. He, Cosima, and his dog Russ were buried in the garden behind. The Siegfried Wagner House is next door.
Posted July 25, 2015
Advance planning is part of any opera company's agenda. So here is the 2016 cast listing for next years Festspiele.
There are still some openings, notably Isolde and also Kundry for the new production by Uwe Eric Laufenberg with setsby Gisbert Jaekel and costumes by Jessica Karge. Andris Nelsons will conduct the new Parsifal production starring Klaus Florian Vogt.. Rumors are flying fast and furiously as severa; well known sopranos are flying in and out of Bayreuth at the moment.
NN = no one is under contract yet.