Archive for 2017

Gärtnerplatztheater Reopens

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: November 4, 2017 MUNICH — With a shrill pretty Hanna, a shriller pretty Valencienne, a Camille of uneven tone, but a tight, fluent chorus and much charming orchestral work, Die lustige Witwe ended six years of darkness at the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz Oct. 19. This city’s second opera company, of the […]

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The President at the Opera

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

By: Frank Cadenhead On October 30, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, made an appearance at the Opéra de Strasbourg. No, it was not a gala or a special occasion. It was just to witness a rehearsal of the opera Carmen in its “participatory version.” The Strasbourg opera forces, along with their chorus, Maîtrise de l’Opéra […]

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Concert Hall Design Chosen

Friday, October 27th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 27, 2017 MUNICH — Though it will be built on the wrong side of the wrong train station, Munich’s much-debated, much-delayed new concert hall crept toward reality today with the announcement of a winning design. Bregenz-based Cukrowicz Nachbaur Architekten secured first place in the competition for the venue, now dubbed […]

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Magelone-Romanzen on Disc

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 16, 2017 MUNICH — Sony has released a remarkable recording of Brahms’s Magelone-Romanzen, Op. 33, complete with Zwischentexte prepared by German author Martin Walser. Christian Gerhaher sings the fifteen songs and recites two of the other three poems (the 1st, 16th and 17th) from Ludwig Tieck’s 1797 narrative not set […]

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Two Quartets for Mendelssohn

Monday, October 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: October 16, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Richie Müller

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The impact of Trump’s revised travel ban won’t have much impact on the arts!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Just a quick update for those of you wondering about the arts implications of the revised travel ban: Aside from adding North Korea and Venezuela (with the latter not actually be a “real” ban) to the list, everything else is pretty much the same as it was…with everyone in the world regardless of citizenship continuing […]

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Bruckner’s First, Twice

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 24, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Dresden Staatskapelle

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Carmen Dives In at Bregenz

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 23, 2017 Post is under revision. Photo © Bregenzer Festspiele

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Levit Plays Elmau

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: September 19, 2017 ELMAU — His website left the program as vague as “Beethoven and Shostakovich” right up until the recital, but Igor Levit knew exactly what he wanted to do Aug. 14 in the timber-framed auditorium of this isolated castle-spa below the Wettersteinwand. An aural onslaught was in the offing. […]

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THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF A TRIBUTE BAND

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. We hope everyone had a great summer. Sorry we haven’t posted in a while, but we’ve been a bit “pre-occupied” with in the world of artist visas. It seems something changes every time Trump breaks wind. So, let’s take a break and go address two completely non-visa related questions that […]

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