Monday, November 29, 2010

Tea at Five with Wotan and friends

Season opener at La Scala season will be the first Ring opera Die Walküre (Rheingold is only a prologue).
This joint new production of La Scala and Staatsoper in Berlin will be directed by Guy Cassiers and conducted by Daniel Barenboim, and it will be premiered on Tuesday, December 7 starting at 5 p.m. (cet). The show will be live broadcast to many cinemas around the world, but also via ever more cool Mezzo-TV.

Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) and Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan)

While waiting to see this fantastic cast* in action (in an interesting production too!) you can follow the rehearsal vlog this link.

*Siegmund - Simon O’Neill, Hunding - John Tomlinson, Wotan - Vitalij Kowaljow, Sieglinde - Waltraud Meier, Brünnhilde - Nina Stemme, Fricka - Ekaterina Gubanova

(Dec 3) 
Simon O'Neill is apparently ill. Frank van Aken is covering for him. Alas,  during the stage rehearsal last Wednesday Frank fainted.  Wishing the best to Frank and to the whole production team!

(Dec 4)
1. Photos of the show taken during dress rehearsals added below [all photos ©AP]
2. Live radio broadcast will be provided by Rai-3 on this link, France Musique on this link...

1 comment:

  1. This information is not correct. Frank van Aken indeed sang during the dress rehearsal, but did not faint. Only act two and three were performed during this dress rehearsal on December 1st, because besides Simon O'Neill also Waltraut Meier was ill. Van Aken gave an impressive performance!

    Greetings from Milano, Tiffany