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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...

Turandot, Munich (Dec 7th 2011)

Helmut Pitsch

The new production by Carlus Padrissa, member of the katalan directors team Fura del Baus divides its munich audience. It is a great spectacle including ice skating, breakdance, flying acrobats and 3D video effects, all in colourful settings and costumes. ,,Nessun dorma" - Nobody falls asleep but sometimes you start loosing your attention to Puccini´s wonderful music being presented by the previous music director of the Bavarian state opera Zubin Metha. But he comes in in real...

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