Interview: Nina Stemme on Wagner roles

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Posted December 20, 2014

Nina Stemme:  Tristan's death wish and why Kundry must wait.


Video: Siegfried Act I


Posted December 20, 2014

Queen City Chamber Opera, in collaboration with the Wagner Society of Cincinnati, continue to produce their Ring cycle - albeit one act at a time.

Grace period for latecomers

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Posted on December 19, 2014

La Scala Opera House introduces five-minute grace period for latecomers.

Forwarded by Diane Parker.


Met Production's Retirement Party


Posted December 17, 2014

Schenk's 'Die Meistersinger' at Lincoln Center, New York Times, Anthony Tommasini, December 3, 2014

More Sad News . . .

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Posted December 15, 2014

It is also reported that mezzo soprano Janis Martin died yesterday at her home in San Antonio, Texas. Janis Martin was a Sacramento native who studied at Sacramento State University and the University of California Berkeley. Martin started her career singing comprimario roles at the San Francisco Opera beginning in 1960. She went on to sing Brünnhilde in San Francisco in 1990 alternating with Gwyneth Jones and Hildegard Behrens.

Irene Dalis has Died

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Posted December 15, 2014

Famed mezzo soprano Irene Dalis died on December 14th after a long illness. Dalis was a noted Wagner and Strauss singer who sang often in Bayreuth and San Francisco as well as every major opera company in the US and Europe. She was a noted Kundry, Ortrud and the Nurse in Die Frau Ohne Schatten. Her break-through role was Princess Eboli in Verdi's Don Carlo.

Ring-cycling in San Francisco

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Posted on December 15, 2014

WSNC member Andy Rombakis had two coincidental Ring experiences in San Francisco in one day within hours of each other.  He Parked in front of Hunding's residence on Beulah Street.  Hunding opened the door to offer his hospitality.  He then went shopping at Diamond Heights Safeway.  Hagen was the cashier (see attachment).

Perfect agony Tristan und Isolde has never sounded better at the ROH


Posted on December 15, 2014

Completely satisfying and fearless: Nina Stemme

From London Times by Hugh Canning, Dec. 14, 2014

Opera stage designer Johan Engels has died

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Posted on December 14, 2014

Acclaimed South African opera stage designer Johan Engels has died at 62 in his adopted home of Bath, England, of an apparent heart attack.

Lyric Opera's Ring - Reinterpreting Wagner?

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Posted on December 14, 2014

With the sad and untimely death of  set designer Johan Engels, the remaining  team behind  Lyric Opera's Ring Cycle soldiers on.