Posts Tagged ‘München’

Five More Years

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

By ANDREW POWELL Published: February 21, 2018 MUNICH — Putting front-office and box-office steadiness ahead of artistic achievement, the city council here voted before 10 a.m. this morning to extend by five years Valery Gergiev’s contract as Chefdirigent of the tax-payer-funded Munich Philharmonic, as requested by the orchestra’s managers. The move doubles the Russian’s tenure, […]

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MPhil Bosses Want Continuity

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 31, 2018 MUNICH — Contrary to a London blog report yesterday, nothing has been “locked down” with regard to a contract extension for Valery Gergiev at the Munich Philharmonic, though things are indeed moving in that direction, for practical more than artistic reasons. What has happened is that Hans-Georg Küppers, […]

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Jansons Turns 75

Friday, January 12th, 2018

By ANDREW POWELL Published: January 12, 2018 MUNICH — Against the medical odds, perhaps, Mariss Jansons turns seventy-five on Sunday, still adored by his favorite orchestra. Bavarian Broadcasting marks the occasion with a 44-minute video portrait, Im Zeichen der Musik, or In the Music’s Character, freely watchable. Last evening here at the Gasteig, a subscription […]

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Staatsoper Imposes Queue-it

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: December 28, 2017 MUNICH — Post is under revision. Illustration © Queue-it and Bayerische Staatsoper Related posts: Staatsoper Favors Local Fans See-Through Lulu Ettinger Drives Aida U.S. Orchestras on Travel Ban Time for Schwetzingen

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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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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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Poulenc DVD Back On Market

Friday, August 18th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: August 18, 2017 MUNICH — BelAir Classiques and Mezzo TV have succeeded in getting a ban overturned on their sale and airing, respectively, of a 2010 filmed staging of Dialogues des Carmélites made here at Bavarian State Opera. The ban, or arrêt, had been imposed in 2015 by the Cour d’appel […]

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Pintscher Conducts New Music

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: July 29, 2017 MUNICH — Not every week does the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra devote a whole program to music written since 2000. Guest conductor Matthias Pintscher’s concert July 7 in the Herkulessaal proved an exception. It began spatially, extravagantly, with his own fantasy With Lilies White (2002); progressed to a […]

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Munich-Berlin: 4 Hours by Rail

Friday, June 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 16, 2017 MUNICH — Today Berlin got as close to Munich as Vienna already is: four hours by rail. Deutsche Bahn test-trains for the first time ran the recently completed high-speed track between the two German cities, 400 miles apart, and the company promised passenger service starting Dec. 10, the […]

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Candidate Nelsons?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: June 16, 2017 MUNICH — An odd thing happened during the curtain calls last evening after a taut, riveting Rusalka here at Bavarian State Opera. The orchestra players made various signs of approval for the cast members’ work, as is customary, and then essentially none for the conductor (and leading lady’s […]

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