Kaufmann Wagner

The economics of the recording companies dictate much that is not ideal. Wagner’s operas were not composed as they were in order to permit the extraction of bleeding chunks, even…

Sir Colin Davis Dead at 85

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9994121/Sir-Colin-Davis.html

Michel van der Aa Sunken Garden, ENO London

Michel van der Aa’s Sunken Garden had its world premiere at the Barbican Theatre, under the auspices of the ENO. Van der Aa is a well respected artist, closely associated…

The Marriage of Figaro Ends Season at Arizona Opera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro has a libretto by Lorenzo daPonte based on the French play La folle journÈe, ou le Mariage de Figaro (The Crazy Day…

Baden’s Flute Goes Barefoot in the Park

For its world class Easter Festival, Baden-Baden mounted a Die Zauberflˆte that owed more to the grey penitential doldrums of Lent than to the unbridled jubilance of re-birth.

Bonjour M. Gauguin in Berkeley

Once Berkeley Opera, renamed West Edge Opera, this enterprising company offers the Bay Area’s only serious alternative to corporate opera, to wit Bonjour M. Gauguin.

Mahler Lieder, Wigmore Hall

In the first of pianist Julius Drake’s three-part series, ‘Perspectives’, our gaze was directed at Gustav Mahler’s eclectic musical responses to human experiences: from the trauma and distress of anguished…

Cinderella Goes to the Opera

The Los Angeles opera company marketed its spring production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola as Cinderella though there is no opera by that name. The libretto of La Cenerentola is not…

Music from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“German poet, dramatist and novelist. One of the most important literary and cultural figures of his age, he was recognized during his lifetime for his accomplishments of almost universal breadth.…

“Culture: the cement that binds Europe together”

http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-13-280_en.htm?locale=en