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Helmut Pitsch





Chroniqueur depuis le 22 October 2011

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Bayerische Staatsoper Umberto Giordano Andrea Chenier

Helmut Pitsch

A powerful revolution, a strong military touch, dry and frightful is the musical interpretation of Omar Meir Wellber, the young Israeli conductor of the last performance of the Munich festival. He pushes the Bavarian State Orchestra with wide desiring gestures. The musicians follow him with discipline and voluminous power. That does not make it easy for the stars of this repetition of the celebrated new production of Andrea Chenier of this season. Andrea Chenier The plot is full...

Bavarian State Opera Giuseppe Verdi La Forza del Destino

Helmut Pitsch

The Munich opera festival has developed to one of the leading opera festivals without making a big press about it. Every year in July the Bavarian State Opera presents a program consisting of a selection of the last season new productions, as well as major remakes, as well as new productions and accompanying contemporary music evenings. Two big open air spectacles enrich the voluminous program. Major attractions are the casts. Every evening represents a chance to hear the best singers on...

Klaus Florian Vogt and Anja Harteros: Tannhäuser at the Bayeri...

Helmut Pitsch

There was a lot to see and somehow nothing. Romeo Castellucci is the Italian director of this new and highly expected production of Tannhäuser at the Munich Nationaltheater, whose history is strongly linked with the oeuvre of Richard Wagner. Romeo Castellucci showcases strong and intense pictures in a continuous but nonetheless uneasy and unclear to follow flow of symbolic acts, and in a way absorbed in the story plot. Laureate in set design and painting in Bologna, he founded the...

Salvatore Sciarrino "Lohengrin" at Salzburg Easter Festival 2017

Helmut Pitsch

Italian contemporary composer Salvatore Sciarrino, born in 1947, defined his monodrama Lohengrin as "azione invisibile per solista, strumenti e voci". He expected his work to be an invisible action so to say not to be staged and only presented by a small orchestra dominated by winds, a soprano and three male singers. The new installation of this work by the Salzburg Easter Festival is enriched as a Prelude by two other compositions of Salvatore Sciarrino. La Spazia Inversa,...

Richard Wagner Walküre Osterfestspiele 2017

Helmut Pitsch

March 19th 1967 is the birthday of the Salzburg Easter Festival, a creation of classical superstar Herbert von Karajan in his search of optimized conditions for the performing arts. Walkuere and the Ring der Nibelungen were his first projects to be realized together with the Berlin Philharmonic and a world class cast. Since then, the Easter Festival has gained a top position in the international festival calendar and a reputation for outstanding production for a small and exclusive circle...

Charles Gounod Romeo et Juliette at the Vienna State Opera

Helmut Pitsch

French composer Charles Gounod was deeply religious and even he did not decide for a clerical career his strong belief dominated his life. His surviving opus consists of many sacred works but also 12 operas of which only two gained world-wide popularity, Faust and Roméo et Juliette. They are good examples of the French Opéra Lyrique, of which Charles Gounod is a leading representative. © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn © Wiener Staatsoper...