[It seems all we are doing these days is singing songs of loss: I know I cannot keep up with marking the atrocities happening (or this would be a blog with daily news on Syrian air raids), but I commented upon Paris. I commented on Brussels. I commented on Orlando. So of course I will comment on Istanbul. And an on how aghast I am at the lack of coverage in Western European media. This is right next door, and there should be no coverage amount doled out by faith preference. – Jordi Savall, members of Hesperion XXI and musician from a variety of faiths playing “Üskdara” at the 2012 Léonie Sonnings Prize in Copenhagen, 2012. – Clip with thanks to Nick Rasmussen]
Continue reading “Dans l’âme”
[Look at all the neckties! – Also, ARTE has finally finished encoding the video, so in case you would like a glimpse at Tchaikovsky as Pique Dame or a safety copy thereof, this is the link. Thank you, ARTE! – Stefan Herheim’s reading of Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame”, Amsterdam 2016.]
[That elusive spot where the performance is simply fabulous, and gender matters only relatively, and sex not at all: Staatstheater Darmstadt’s current junior production of Cavalli’s “La Calisto” has an aim to rival Cupid’s there.
So… who’s who? Who’s what? …and why does it even matter? – If I deduced correctly: Penelope Mason (Satirino), Theodore Browne (Pane) and David Hong (Silvano) camping it up in the woods in in Cavalli’s “La Calisto”, Darmstadt 2016.]
Continue reading “White Shirt Monday: Camp Calisto”
[Mahler, Rückert-Lieder. “Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen”, sung by Alice Coote with the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher, Amsterdam 2007. – clip with thanks to Tim Fletcher. — For the whole Rückert Lieder, try the very current version from last week, June 18th, from the Concertgebow, Alice Coote and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest under Marc Albrecht.]
Continue reading “Ich bin der EU abhanden gekommen…“
While in Sweden last week, I managed to make good on one of my teenage dreams and visited the Drottningholm Court Theatre, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year.
Continue reading “Castle With The Clouds: A visit to Drottningholm Theatre”
[The Eisenstein morning frock from “Fledermaus”, this time not worn by a tenor
(and what if Alfred had been a mezzo?). Bonus points for the necktie. Anna Goryachova (Polina) in Stefan Herheim’s reading of Tchaikovsky’s “Pique Dame”, Amsterdam 2016.]
Timely reminder that ARTE Concert (and The Opera Platform) are livestreaming “Pique Dame” tonight, June 21st, at 6.55 p.m. (GMT+2). Mariss Janssons conducts.
Continue reading “Video Alert/Mezzo Alert: Herheim’s “Pique Dame””