Tag Archives: Arts Organizations

Klinghoffer Broadcast R.I.P. — Content May Offend

Comes the news this morning that the Metropolitan Opera has cancelled its HD simulcast of John Adams’ The Death of Klinghoffer on the ground that it may offend some viewers, or be used by anti-Semites to do so. Peter Gelb, the Met’s General Manager, is quoted: “I’m convinced that the opera is not anti-semitic, but […]

Hartford Ring R.I.P.

Distressing news from the fledgling Hartford Wagner Festival. The production of Das Rheingold scheduled for this August has been cancelled. The immediate cause is not poor ticket sales, but rather the withdrawal of several artists from the endeavor. The planned use of a “digital orchestra” in the performances prompted not merely curiosity — and condemnation […]

The Ring in Hartford, Connecticut

We have received a press release from the Hartford [CT] Wagner Festival, announcing a new production of Das Rheingold in August 2014 at the Roberts Theater of the Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT.  The plan is to mount one drama each summer and to present two complete Ring Cycles each year beginning in […]

Met Prepares to Release Archive of Wagner Performance

Our valued colleague at The Wagnerian blog has brought to our attention the planned release of a trove of historical recordings of performances of Wagner works by the Metropolitan Opera. The recordings have been remastered, and the artists include Melchior, Flagstad, Hotter, Varnay, Reiner, Szell and the rest of the gang.  It is available from early […]