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Chicago’s Brilliant Rheingold

If the entire Ring Cycle now being mounted at the Chicago Lyric Opera has even a fraction of the intellect and panache that the first installment, Das Rheingold, displays, then the Windy City is in for a treat.  Between the Cubs and David Pountney, Chicago is having a hell of a good Fall. Musically, the […]

The Met’s Superbly Sung, Strangely Staged, Tristan

The Met Opera opened its season with a new production of Tristan und Isolde Sein Vater, using Wagner’s score (if not his story) in a sumptuously, even thrillingly rendered performance. Simon Rattle was true to his name and shook both the score and the audience of preconceptions.  It felt a bit long and all the […]

Interesting Collection of Reviews of Current Bayreuth Offerings

A useful and robust, if perhaps not mainstream, group of review of the Bayreuth season’s offerings is available at http://wagneropera.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-bayreuth-festival-2016.html and well worth a visit.

Wagner at Home by Judith Gautier

Judith Gautier’s memoir, Wagner at Home, offers a charming and revealing perspective on life at Triebschen.  Gautier, the daughter of influential French dramatist and journalist Theophile, was invited by Wagner to visit after publishing several complimentary articles on his work.  Upon her arrival she was greeted enthusiastically by Wagner and introduced to “Frau von Bulow, […]