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Prom 15: Wagner “Die Walküre”, Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim, Royal Albert Hall (Review)

BBC Prom 15 Nina Stemme and Bryn Terfel in Die WalküreAn evening of high drama: a very public altercation between conductor and concert master, a Wagnerian memory lapse from the leading lady, but one of the most thrilling accounts of Die Walküre you will ever hope to hear. Hearing is believing, it is said, but as the static electricity crackled through the Staatskapelle Berlin’s delivery … [Read More]

Posted on 24/07/2013
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Wagner “Der fliegende Holländer”, Zurich Opera, Royal Festival Hall

Why anyone these days would want to perform Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer with an interval when even the three act version was so plainly fashioned to be performed without one is beyond me. There is that tell-tale repetition of the music ending act one at the beginning of act two – a kind of “Previously … [Read More]

Posted on 16/12/2012
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Puccini “Tosca”, Royal Opera House

Bring together three of the most intuitive talents (and biggest stars) on the planet, meld them under the baton of Antonio Pappano whose command of every caress, swoon, and dramatic impulse of Puccini’s Tosca is not learned but instinctively felt and you have a recipe for the kind of evening that gives the Royal Opera … [Read More]

Posted on 15/07/2011
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