- Are you checking out my regular updates on the 2011-2012 programs in Europe: in Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, London, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Oslo, Vienna... ?! See the right panel on this blog.
- If you like Dialogues des Carmélites, you're not a newbie, and you're open to a more humanistic ending to this opera, then you might wish to buy a new DVD release of the BSO-Munich. I liked very much that production --directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov-- but I know quite a few people who found it anti-climactic. Here is the link where you can place your order [trailer here]
- Another DVD release that I think is more than worthy of your attention is Samson et Dalila, produced last year at the Flanders Opera, directed by, conducted by Tomáš Netopil, and with Torsten Kerl and Marianna Tarasova in the title roles. Trailer here, order here. I did not see this show but if there is an opera house that knows how to produce a 19th century French opera to look relevant today, that this is the Vlaamse Opera. [I very much enjoyed their recent Hériodade!]
- I like freedom and the fact that we are not ripped off each time when we buy CD for 30€ a piece, but I believe the civic behavior should be somewhere in between, and those who make these broadcast possible (including performers!) should be paid for their job. How can this all business work if everything lands instantly on YouTube or rapids?!
I am not sure I appreciate the fact that Le comte Ory --live broadcast from the Met to the movie theaters across the world last Saturday-- found its way to YouTube... Diana Damrau, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Florez sang beautifully and partly compensated the staggeringly bad stage direction [you may as well listen to the radio recording available on In Fernem Land [cf. here and here]
- "Politics is everywhere!"... Jean Ziegler [most known for his anti-global stand] was supposed to give a speech at the opening ceremony of the Summer Festival in Salzburg this year, but due to his alleged closeness with Gadaffi's regime and in light of the recent events in Libya the Festspiele organizers decided to cancel his speech. After the passions calmed down a bit, now it's time for debates [see here and here: Ziegler will apparently make his speech but not at the opening ceremony!]
- The Bicentenary Ring in Bayreuth still needs its director. The most frequently mentioned names seem to be Tom Tykwer and Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. I know that nobody cares what I think about it but I doubt there can be any more qualified director for this job right now than Martin Kusej.