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Tristan und Isolde - Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin

Helmut Pitsch

Harry Kupfer´s production of 2000 is very restricted and back to the essantials of good singing and acting of all participants. The stage throughout all acts is dominated by a big amor fallen on stage, his wings widespread symbolising the fallen love, ready to be freed again. Daniel Barenboim conducts his Staatskapelle Berlin  monstrous voluminous sometimes missing the romantic passages and signs of salvation and liberation. Strong forte pushes the singers to give their...

Jenufa - Deutsche Oper Berlin

Helmut Pitsch

Director Christof Loy `s first work for the Deutsche Oper in Berlin is a fine elaboration of the characters and their psychological drama in the Bohemian society of the late 19 th century. It is the emotion, the conflict of the Kostelnicka Buryja his interpretation is based upon. The story is told out of her reflexion after having been imprisoned for her deed. The stage design by Dirk Becker supports this access with a clear simple poky box as a synonymous for the enclosure of the...

La Traviata - Deutsche Oper Berlin

Helmut Pitsch

In a remake of the original setting of Götz Friedrich, Patrizia Ciofi and Teodor Ilincai are the loving couple Valery and Alfredo. Those two represent a young generation of opera singers on the edge to an international career. Patrizia Ciofi has already been successfully on the Berlin stage in the recent performance of Tancredi by Rossini  whereas Teodor Ilincai has jumped in to replace Vittorio Grigolo as Alfredo. Ciofi's Valery is very fragile, an emotional virgin. No...

Bavarian State Opera - Rheingold Feb 4th

Helmut Pitsch

The Bavarian State Opera has started her long expected new ring production Saturday Feb 4th. After the unfortunate failure of her last Ring Production due to the sudden death of the stage director Heribert Wernecke the audience was highly vibrant for a new adventure with RIchard Wagners majestic master piece. Within the next 4 month all 4 parts of the Ring will be staged in a new productions within one season. Thus being a demonstration of strengh for all participants the...

Don Carlo Bavarian State Opera

Helmut Pitsch

Whenever Munichs most famous Opera star  Jonas Kaufmann appears on stage the whole city and its opera maniacs get excited and fully overwhelmed. The cast of this renewal of  Don Carlo has been carefully selected. So it is a pleasure for all senses. Next to Jonas Kaufmann as the young rebellic but desperate Don Carlo Anja Hateros is a brilliant Elisabeth with her clear transparent voice angelic playing. They both appeared already on stage here in Lohengrin and they...

Monteverdi Orfeo Theater an der Wien

Helmut Pitsch

The Theater an der Wien is Vienna s 3rd and smallest  opera house. Having a great tradition it  has  recently been reactivated as a stagione theater. It has quickly built up a high reputation for sophisticated production and well selected casts.   Famous German director Claus Guth is responsible for this new production of Orfeo. He puts the story cleverly into modern high society. Orfeo is a successful entrepreneur  celebrating his wedding party in his...

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