Hermann Grampp
May 2024

Parsifal: A Good Friday Play. To perform Parsifal on Easter has been and still is a tradition in many an opera house in Germany. Whereas the Bavarian State Opera in Munich used to reserve this privilege for Good Friday, this year’s Parsifal series started on Easter Sunday and continued with three more performances in early April. While Pierre Audi’s production of June 2018 has not improved essentially – the[...]

Lise Davidsen stands next to Yannick Nézet-Séguin at the podium and holds his hands

How Mahler would have loved the Met Orchestra! It played with such presence, such enormous expressivity, clarity and strength that all the extremes Mahler inserted into his hard-won Fifth Symphony […]

Andrew Rombakis
January 2024

San Francisco Opera recently presented six performances of Lohengrin (Oct. 15 – Nov. 1) that left an indelible mark on its audience. Eun Sun Kim, the company’s Music Director, ventured […]

Harlow Robinson
September 2022

The Hollywood Bowl–site of so many glittering performances under the balmy Southern California skies–is celebrating its 100th anniversary this summer. Wagner was invited to the birthday party, which seems only […]

This is a Wagner newsletter, and I am writing about Strauss, but there is an important Wagner connection to Ariadne, perhaps less a connection than a push-back. Hofmannsthal and Strauss […]