The 2018/19 Season at Wiener Staatsoper

The busiest opera house on earth (a fact, not an opinion) just announced its 2018/19 season, the second-to-last under the successful intendanz of Dominique Meyer. Among the 50 operas that will light up the stage of the Ringoper, a new production of Richard Strauss’ masterpiece “Die Frau ohne Schatten” is perhaps the highlight. The performances…

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…