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…

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…