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Sonya Yoncheva in the Met’s ‘La Bohème’Thibault Courtois
You could sense fear in the audience when Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera showed up on the stage with a microphone when everyone was expecting Ricardo Frizza to appear in the pit. Gelb had bad news and good news, as he said. Ramon Vargas had cancelled last minute but fortunately, the Met was able to fly in Bryan Hymel from Chicago earlier the same day. Gelb also announced that Sonya Yoncheva, the lead soprano, had a new born five weeks ago (general “awwww”...
Wiener Blut by Johann Strauss at Gärtnerplatztheater MunichHelmut Pitsch
After his successful operettes Fledermaus and Zigeunerbaron, old aged Johann Strauss was asked to compose one more "hit" to rescue a financially stressed impresario and theatre manager in Vienna. In order to complete the task Johann Strauss created a pasticcio of some of his beloved melodies. The well reputated librettist Leo Stein and Victor Leon delivered the amusing textbook full of irritations around a Vienese aristrocatic playboy serving several intriguing lovestories....
Teatro alla Scala - Simone Boccanegra by VerdiHelmut Pitsch
Simone Boccanegra accompagnied his creator Giuseppe Verdi for a lifespan. First presented in Venice in 1842 it was a failure. After mayor recompositions it became a success at its second premiere in 1880 which did not last long. Only in the seventies of the last century this masterpiece of Giuseppe Verdi found its way back to the stages of the opera houses. It is the exciting story of the Genoves Dogue Simon Boccanegra, his forbidden love affair with Maria, daughter of the mighty noble men...
Vec Makropolous Nationaltheater MünchenHelmut Pitsch
Leos Janacek was fascinated by the play of Karel Capek in 1922 and immediately started to compose his before last opera. It is the story of never ending life, eternal youth and beauty, the search of the recipie to overcome death and the question about the sense of death. Hungarian Arpad Schilling is the director of this new production at the Bavarian State Opera. His interpretation lacks an intelligent concept or clear conclusion. He portrays Emilia Marty or ever young Elina...
Charodeyka Peter I. Tchaikovsky Theater an der WienHelmut Pitsch
This is one of Tchaikovsky's seldom played operas, although the composer praised it as one of his best. An initial rather poor acceptance by the audience and a demanding performing effort with 14 soloists and big choir has left this oeuvre off the programme of the opera houses. So it is a real honorable move of the small but high quality Vienese opera house, the Theater an der Wien, to contribute to the revival of this elegant romantic opera, showing well the development of...
Bayreuther Festspiele 2014 WalküreHelmut Pitsch
It is a wild west style barn, even it should play on an Russian or Kasachstan oilfield. Sieglinde is feeding turkeys, when Siegmund comes into her houses looking for shelter and comfort. Hunding is an elegant gentleman dressed more as a knight. There was a lot of discussion about this new production of the Ring by Frank Castorf last year in Bayreuth, even more as it was the bicentennial anniverary of the composer. Now one year later a lot of the original disgust has evaporated and people...