A 1976 Bayreuth Festival production of Die Walkure shows the glamorous Valkyries doing their not-so-glamorous jobs.
Despite a late start due to technical difficulties, I have never enjoyed Die Walküre as much as I did last Saturday in an HD transmission from The Metropolitan Opera.
Today’s Classical Haiku goes to Richard Wagner, whose music dramas might be a bit much, but only too much of a good thing.
Long gone are the days when television networks had there own orchestras. But, luckily, they’re performances are still preserved on Youtube.
If you attended the live HD transmission of the Metropolitan Opera’s new Das Rheingold, you might have experienced a rather different opera than did the critics from their seats in the Metropolitan Opera House. I thought it might add texture to the discussion about Robert Lepage’s high-tech baby to chime in with my own thoughts.
The opera blogs and list-servs have been ranting on overtime for the past two weeks following the backstage drama in Los Angeles’ new production of Wagner’s Ring des Nibulengen.
Hans von Bulow was a giant in 19th century music, and his career and legacy deserve to be better known. Alan Walker’s new book, Hans von Bulow, A Life and Times, goes a long way toward restoring its subject to prominence.
Here are more of the memoirs of musicologist and broadcaster Edward Downes (1911-2001) from taped interviews he gave in New York in 1995.
Edward Downes (Not the “Sir” Edward Downes) spent three years in the late 1930s as Music Critic of the Boston Evening Transcript.
The Wagner Festival gets under way in July in Bayreuth, but if you want tickets, expect to wait for 7-10 years(!).