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Bayreuther Festspiele 2014 Walküre

Helmut 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...


Bregenzer Festspiele Zauberflöte - The Magic Flute Wolfgang Am...

Helmut Pitsch

The city of Bregenz has a pittoresque setting between the seashore of Lake Konstanz and the softly growing Alps. This natural beauty is part of the ambiance of  the traditional open air festival. The festival has grown in importance and reputation over the last years. The Seebuehne as the major location has been extended for up to 7000 spectators, a festival hall has been built and the offered spectacles have gained on quality and diversity. Contemporary music has its fixed position...


Salzburg Festival Charlotte Salomon

Helmut Pitsch

It is one of million jewish fates during the German Nazi Regime. The heritage of Charlotte Salomon comprised of 1325 gouaches and several textsheets and music pieces. She called the total package Leben? oder Theater? Ein Singspiel - Live? or theatre? a Singspiel. Her father, who survived the troubled years hidden in the Netherlands received it 1947. Later it was dedicated to the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. It is a stunning documentary of a shocking touching boigraphy. Charlotte...


El Juez Tiroler Festspiele Erl

Helmut Pitsch

Jose Carreras is back on the opera stage He was once one of the best tenors, one of the successful 3 tenors worldwide celebrated. His fight against his illness in 1988 and his humanitarian engeagement afterwards made him a symbolic figure of the classical music society. Now after a long abstinence of the opera stage he is back in the world premiere of the new opera El Juez by the Austrian composer Christian Kolonovits. Kolonovits is known as a composer and music producer, for his...


Salzburg Festival Fierrabras Franz Schubert

Helmut Pitsch

It is once more a try to reactivate this opera by the famous Lied Composer Franz Schubert. Fierrabras is a romantic opera of medieval heroes and love based on a French medieval heroic epic of the same name. Franz Schubert composed it in 1823 during the period of growing nationalism and the political outcome of the post Napoleon time. The plot takes place in the time of the Frankenking Karl and his fight against the Arabic occupation in Europe. It is the happy...


Festival de Musique Menton

Helmut Pitsch

The prosperous town of Menton, close to the border to Italy at the French Côte d'Azur has built up a reputation for her festival and products a really high quality music one. Since 65 years, well known national and international musicians are invited to perform at the stunning location in front of the baroque Saint Michael Church. Embedded in this little square, growing up the stairs of the lovely medieval city this open air concert hall offers a very good accoustic and an...


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