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Stéphane Lissner recounts La Scala

La Scala is undeniably one of the world’s greatest temples of  opera; each year its season opening (on December 7, Saint Ambrose Day, named for Milan’s patron saint) is a major event for opera fans. Since 2005, when he was appointed the first non-Italian superintendent and artistic director in La Scala’s history, Stéphane Lissner has established himself as one of the architects of the Milan opera house’s international influence.  As we await the...


In the footsteps of Verdi in Sant'Agata

October 2013 is the time for commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi in Roncole, in the region of Parma, into a family of modest means. And while the Italian composer is intimately linked to Milan (his first opera, Oberto, was staged at La Scala in 1839), he remained attached to his place of origin and bought a family home on the Sant’Agata estate in 1848. Though he initially intended it for his parents, Giuseppe Verdi came to live here with his second wife, the...


Jonas Kaufmann recounts Don Carlo

This year, in commemoration of the bicentenary of Giuseppe Verdi's birth, the Salzburg Festival presented this summer a new production of Don Carlo, directed by Peter Stein, provided with a impressive cast, and especially with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role. We met him in Salzburg and he recounted us about his Don Carlo during a pleasant interview. See also Jonas Kaufmann in "Don Carlo’s sensational cast delights Salzburg audiences"...


Bryn Terfel recounts Falstaff

At the height of the Year Verdi (which we commemorate in 2013 the bicentenary of the birth), in February, the Scala presented Falstaff in a production by Robert Carsen and including Bryn Terfel in the title role . We took the opportunity to meet the Welsh bass-baritone who gives us his vision of the role and work (funny and full of life, revealing the young composer who was then eighty years), but also shares working methods, leaving ample room for immediate emotion and...


Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, History and mission

The flower of Vienna’s tradition. Take the greatest composers, conductors, performers and fans, plant them in one place and water well for 400 years. From that fertile soil will bloom a luxuriant classical music garden: Vienna. The flower of that garden — its home orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic — celebrates its 170th birthday this year and has for most of that time been honored as one of the world’s finest. It was originally formed in 1842 by a handful of...


The new Erl Festival House

Opening of the new Festival House in Erl, Dec 26 th 2012 Over the last years Erl and the Tyrolean festival have established a highly regarded reputation as a very special hot spot for Wagner performances off the beaten track. Originally Erl is famous for the passion play of Jesus all 10 years. Like Oberammergau the whole population is participating, performing and celebrating all 10 years in remembrance of the pest which has heavenly beaten this area in 1613....