Posted May 15, 2015
Message from Eiko Kikawada on location:
Good news for those missed the Linz Ring...They are going to bring it to Wiesbaden starting next year and then three complete cycles in April/May of 2017. Gerd Grochowski will be Wotan again there as well as the Mime who sang here (also very good), but everone else will be different. One of the Brünnhildes will be Evelyn Herlitzius.
There are plenty of "opera-tunities" this summer in the U.S. Some of the musical highlights including some Wagnerian offerings:
San Francisco Symphony Fidelio (concert) June 25, 26, 28 featuring Nina Stemme AND Beethoven Missa Solemnis June 10, 11, 12 & 13
San Francisco Opera Les Troyens, Nozze di Figaro and La Ciociara (world premiere) dates from June 7 to July 5th
American Bach Soloists (San Francisco) Handel Mass in B Minor Aug 9, 16
Posted May 14, 2015
That may make your head snap back like a road runner! Santa Fe Ring?
The Wagner Society of Santa Fe is presenting the complete Vienna Ring Cycle conducted by Simon Rattle on June 13, 14, 16 and 18 starting at 11:00 a.m. each day. The Ring operas will be screened on a big movie screen with surround sound. Admission is free but reservations are required.
In addition there will be a prelude to the Ring "Der Ring Leitmotifs" by Joseph Illick on June 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Posted May 13, 2015
More Opera-tunities for viewing and listening on demand.
15 Companies will now be offering streaming on-demand using a new site called Opera Platform. Lots of interesting things to see and hear.
Thanks Steve Hammerschlag for catching this one and sharing!
Posted May 12, 2015
Sent by member Steve Hammerschlag, from the Wall Street Jouranl a photo essay of some of the world's most beautiful opera houses. The difference is the perspective. We opera goers see the theater from the audience perspective. In these photos the view is from the stage into the auditorium.
Tthe photo in this blog post is of the seats in the Festspeilhaus.
Posted May 12, 2015
Winner of the WSNC grant and 2014 Seattle International Wagner Competition Issachah Savage sings Bacchus in Ariadne auf Naxos.
Music of Remembrance is a Seattle Group which commissions musical works which commemorate the Holocaust. This group will present two world premieres on Monday May18th at the Martin Meyer Auditorium at Temple Emanu-El in San Francico. This event is sponsored by The Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Posted May 11, 2015
Feel free to wade past Pagliacci and Cavalleria reviews and get to the last 7 paragraphs which deals with the state of singing in the US.
Glowing reviews for two great American singers: Eric Owens and Christine Goerke!
Those of us who were fortunate to see the Houston Walkuere were quite blown away by Ms. Goerke's interpretation of this role.
The photo is from the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Elektra.
Posted May 10, 2015
Opening the Hamburg Triennial Photography Exhibition are the works of Antoine Wagner. The exhibit entitled Exile will feature will be lightboxes and video created by Antoine Wagner, landscapes of the areas in Switzerland where his great great grandfather lived in exile. Also featured will be photographs of living musicians who are currently living in exile in Germany. In addition there will be large scale analog prints of vintage photos.
Posted May 8, 2015
Many organizations are offering educational programs in anticipation of the San Francisco Opera's first ever production of Les Troyens.
The Wagner Society's program on June 13 is included among the offerings listed on the SF Opera website. Check it out!