[Sophie Koch as Octavian in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier” as staged by the late Herbert Wernicke (1995/2009), Baden-Baden 2009]
…after tumbling out of this bed?
[Renée Fleming as the Marschallin in Strauss’ “Rosenkavalier”, Baden-Baden 2009.]
Actually, who would want to tumble out of this bed at all? (both images: click to enlarge considerably)
Wernicke’s mirror/image production (available on DVD) is both one of the smartest of of the most tender Rosenkavalier readings of the past two decades and while I am still fond of the original 1995 Salzburg screening, the spirit transports well to this much-deserved 2009 revival. If you want some fodder for thought beyond all the girl-on-girl-on-girl (isn’t opera great?) action, this one comes warmly recommended. Fleming gives her perhaps best and most vulnerable Marschallin yet, Koch sings bautifully, and Damrau’s Sophie is a feisty pleasure to watch.
On an administrative note: the blog is somewhat barren at the moment, I know. It’s not due to summer apathy, but due to preparing to move.
Over the past decade and a half, I spent a lot of months and semesters and even entire years in all kinds of different places, but I always had a place to come back to in the end. Right now, I have to dismantle that place, after long years (reasons belog into another “Post-doc Notes” post of the lamenting variety), and move onto other pastures which will eventually, hopefully, prove greener.
So for the next two weeks, as I try to stuff the past sixteeen years into the amount of boxes the car will hold and then unpack them again elsewhere, updates will most likely continue to be sparse.