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State Mute on Ticket Handicap

Monday, March 13th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 13, 2017 MUNICH — Bavaria’s Culture Ministry declined to comment last week on the handicapping of online ticket buyers by Bavarian State Opera, one of the entities it supervises. In theory the Bavarian State Ministry of Education and Culture, Science and Art, to give it its full name, supports culture […]

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Chénier Due in Video-Stream

Monday, March 13th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 13, 2017 MUNICH — Philipp Stölzl’s new and relatively sane production of Andrea Chénier will be video-streamed Saturday by Bavarian State Opera as part of a regular free service. — when: 2 p.m. EDT (11 a.m. PDT), March 18, 2017 — where: https://www.staatsoper.de/tv.html Omer Meir Wellber brings his inimitable visceral […]

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Mahler 10 from Nézet-Séguin

Thursday, March 9th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 9, 2017 MUNICH — Making a taut and impassioned case for Mahler’s Tenth Symphony (1910) here at the Herkulessaal Feb. 17, Yannick Nézet-Séguin still rather confirmed Leonard Bernstein’s dictum that the composer “had said it all in the Ninth.” Mahler’s inspiration sustained itself, as tidily executed by the Symphonie-Orchester des […]

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Staatsoper Objects to Report

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 7, 2017 MUNICH — Without citing a single error, Bavarian State Opera asserted last month that the report here about its handicapping of online ticket buyers on heavy-demand days contains “false statements” but at the same time said it would “leave it as it is.” The report, based on research […]

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Christie Revisits Médée

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: March 4, 2017 ZURICH — The goal presumably was to freshen the tale of Jason and his cooperative wife Medea as told by Thomas Corneille (filtering his brother Pierre and Euripides) and mise en musique by Charpentier. But stage director Andreas Homoki’s new Médée (1693) for Opernhaus Zürich, where he doubles […]

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Horses for Mozartwoche

Friday, February 24th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 24, 2017 SALZBURG — The gimmicky proposition of Mozart’s Requiem enhanced with equine ballet dominated this year’s Mozartwoche schedule, and no doubt budget. It capped, in a way, five iterations of the festival lavishly managed by Marc Minkowski and his front-office counterpart Matthias Schulz, and it brought in for the […]

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Staatsoper Favors Local Fans

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 22, 2017 MUNICH — Bavarian State Opera had a delicate problem. It was selling too many tickets online, more with each passing season. Its system, powered by CTS Eventim, was so robust and so fast that little was left to sell via phone or in person minutes after the 10 […]

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U.S. Orchestras on Travel Ban

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 31, 2017 MUNICH — The New York-based League of American Orchestras yesterday issued this statement in response to Executive Order 13769, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”: “The music that orchestras play and the communities they serve are global and include people and cultures from […]

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Tonhalle Lights Up the Beyond

Friday, January 27th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 27, 2017 ZURICH — It was not the most natural of programs. Beethoven’s familiar C-Major Piano Concerto (1795) prepared nobody for Éclairs sur l’Au-Delà … , or Lightning Over the Beyond … , the 65-minute theological ornithological astronomical would-be symphony Messiaen finished in 1991. Wary of the exotic fare ahead, […]

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Antonini Works Alcina’s Magic

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 11, 2017 ZURICH — Christof Loy’s staging of Alcina here, new in 2014 and just revived, imagines a blurred line between a theater troupe’s onstage roles and its members’ backstage passions and asks what it means to break free of illusion — this last substituting for Ariosto’s island magic, happily […]

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