With the revival of a 1876 Cleopatra by the local composer Lauro Rossi, a couple of world premieres in chamber opera and sacred oratorio (by Marco Tutino and Alberto Colla, respectively) and Verdiís Attila canceled because of budget constraints, the 44th installment of the Macerata Festival will nevertheless be remembered as a bumper season, if one not particularly friendly to mainstream taste.
Month: August 2008
Wagnerian Score: Music 10; Drama 1
The venerable Wagner Festival in Bayreuth has never shied away from provocative productions.
Prom 34 ó Puccini’s Il Tabarro; Rachmaninov’s Symphony no. 1
In a nod to the 150th anniversary of Puccini’s birth, the Manchester-based BBC Philharmonic Orchestra visited the Proms with their chief conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, for a performance of the first opera of Il trittico.
ìAriadne auf Naxosî at Toronto Music Festival
ìOnly in the realm of the dead is everything pure.î
STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten ó Covent Garden 1976
Die Frau ohne Schatten: Oper in three acts
Prom 40 – Boulez conducts Jan·ček
Contrary to popular assumption, Jan·ček wasn’t “folkloric” per se, much as he loved his Moravian heritage. Boulez’s perceptive approach shows how inventive and original Jan·ček’s music can be.
Torre – Torre – Torre
I hoped it was not an omen of the evening to come at Torre del Lago’s Puccini Festival, when the audience was made to wait at the closed gates until about twenty minutes before curtain rise, listening to the orchestra and chorus a hundred yards away rehearse chunks of that night’s Edgar.
Prom 18 — L’Incoronazione di Poppea
Glyndebourne Festival Opera’s annual appearance at the Proms is always an eagerly-awaited event, but there is a varying degree of success with which the productions adapt from a full staging at Glyndebourne to a semi-staging suitable for the small platform and cavernous space of the Royal Albert Hall.
Opera closes ranks against angry diva
Singers from South Africa and Sweden win Seattle Wagner Competition
A soprano originally from South Africa and a tenor from Sweden sang their way to top honors in the 2008 International Wagner Competition staged by the Seattle Opera on August 16 in Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, the company’s handsome home.