On the Horizon: Berlin Opera in February

As Berlin enters into its coldest month, we inaugurate a new feature, a monthly forecast of the operatic offerings in the Hauptstadt. If you’re not camping out at the Berlinale (or even if you are), we can guarantee that the place you most want to be in Berlin is inside a well-heated opera house for…

Castorf Speaks!

Read this just-published interview with Frank Castorf, director of this year’s Bayreuth Ring, that just appeared on the German newswire Deutsche Welle. After months and months of stonewalling journalists, he has finally broken the silence. Frank Castorf has a healthy skepticism towards the classics Multi-award-winning director Frank Castorf is famous for pulling classical works apart…

Bayreuth Ring Production Stills

UPDATE: I’ve just added the captions that appeared in the Abendzeitung along with a few of my own observations.   These production stills, posted earlier today on the website of the München Abendzeitung, give an even fuller picture of what Castorf has in store for us with his Ring. Why no other news sources have…

Bayreuth Ring 2013 – Behind the Scenes

These are, to our knowledge, the very first published images from Frank Castorf’s 2013 Ring Cycle that premieres later this week at the Bayreuth Festival. They are black and white photos of Aleksander Denic’s sets for the productions taken from the current year book of the Society of Friends of Bayreuth. According to our sources,…

Daily Tip: AIROSSINI @ Neuköllner Oper

Tonight at 8:00, the Neuköllner Oper presents its wacky take on Rossini’s buffa classic “Il Viaggo a Reims.” The company website describes “AlRossini” as an Oligarchical Opera for an Airport Opening. Lord knows what that means, but prepare to be surprised by the fresh and energetic company, here joined by the Athens-based Beggar’s Opera.