Posts Tagged ‘News’

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, […]

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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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Chung to Conduct for Trump

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 17, 2017 MUNICH — President Trump will next Friday (May 26) attend his first orchestra concert since taking office. Scheduled for 7 p.m. al fresco at the Teatro Antico in Taormina, Sicily, the program consists of Italian opera overtures and intermezzos: Puccini – Madama Butterfly: Act III Sunrise Rossini – […]

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Scrotum al factotum

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 16, 2017 MUNICH — Nikolaus Bachler’s Bavarian State Opera has been having its idea of fun with the taxpayer money it receives. In connection with a new Tannhäuser, due May 21, it commissioned for its quarterly Max Joseph magazine a discussion of Wagner’s bacchanale of distant bathing naiads and sedate […]

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Plácido Premium

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: May 2, 2017 MUNICH — Like the miracle of compound interest, Bavarian State Opera’s pricing can chart smartly upwards when you’re not watching. The company sells using an astounding total of 128 price points — the product of eight price categories for its National Theater home and sixteen sliding scales. Things […]

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All Eyes On the Maestro

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

By ANDREW POWELL Published: April 30, 2017 FERRARA — Lanky Teodor Currentzis looms over his MusicAeterna players the way Basil Fawlty loomed over Manuel, and with comparable gestures. It is anyone’s guess how their 13-year relationship has survived, what with labor conditions in Russia, the quirks of period-instrument practice, their joint move from Novosibirsk (in […]

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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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Staatsoper Objects to Report

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

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

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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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