First Look at Vienna’s New Parsifal

Tonight is the premiere of Alvis Hermanis’ star-studded staging of “Parsifal” at the Wiener Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera). Ahead of opening night (5:30pm), the Staatsoper has released production stills to whet our appetite. I must confess that I’ve never been much of a Hermanis fan (his Berlin “Tosca” is one of the dullest things I’ve…

From Handel to Glass: Komische Oper Berlin’s 2017/18 Season

Published in conjunction with Arcades Daily SMLXL By now Barrie Kosky’s electrifying effect on the Komische Oper is now longer news – or rather, it never ceases to be news. Berlin’s most famous intendant has unveiled his plans for his sixth season at the house on Behrenstrasse, and they are nothing short of mouth-watering. First off, 2017-18 is going to be…

Tannhäuser vs. Tannhäuser

A.J. Goldmann | Originally posted at Arcades Daily   A single subway station separates the Deutsche Oper Berlin from the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, the long-running “temporary home” for Berlin’s oldest opera company, which is expected to transfer back to Unter den Linden in October. (I, for one, am not holding my breath). For a while now, it’s…