We pause in our Wagner musings for a report on a purveyor of pure beauty. Sony has released a huge (61-CD, 3-DVD) collection of the complete recordings under its label by Austrian cellist and conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt (1929-2016). To sample through this gargantuan box is to hop from one point of perfection to another. […]
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 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 […]
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.