Last Chance: Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the KOB

Tomorrow is the final revival performance of the Komische Oper Berlin’s superb and inventive production of Les Contes d’Hoffmann. The principal drawback is that the work is performed in German, as per the company’s longstanding tradition (which has been challenged in recent years by a spunky new intendant, Barrie Kosky). But if you can get used…

Bayreuth 2014 Cast Lists & General Dress Rehearsal Dates

Somewhat disappointingly, this year’s Bayreuth program is virtually the same as the festival’s 2013 installment. It would have been nice to see Stefan Herheim’s Parsifal given one final revival before the hotly-awaited Jonathan Meese staging that will premiere in 2016. Oh well, we can always hope for next season. Here are the recently-announced general rehearsal dates. Tannhäuser…

Parsifal on Easter Monday (Deutsche Oper Berlin)

Philipp Stölzl’s production of Parsifal seemed more of a failure during the Deutsche Oper Berlin’s recent revival, which played its final performance Easter Monday. Stölzl, who previous provided the company’s thrilling WWII-themed Rienzi (as well as the Staatsoper’s superlative mise en abyme Holländer) finds no compelling way to critically engage with Wagner’s profound, infuriating and…

Daily Tip: Vin Herbé at Deutsche Staatsoper

Katie Mitchell’s staging of Frank Martin’s “secular oratorio” Le Vin Herbé, which was one of last season’s highlights at the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater returns to the house for two more performances (Thurs. & Sat.) Martin, a distinctive and unjustly neglected Swiss composer, wrote this 100-minute work in 1941, to a libretto based on Joseph…