Impressions from the opera at Bregenz

As announced here are some impressions from my summer –

and on highlight was definitely the “Turandot” at the Festspiele in Bregenz. As I had seen in July the Munich interpretation I was curious for this version:

as Puccini didn’t finish his composition before he died there are several finishes and ways to end this opera. I think I like most the abrupt ending after the aria of Liu and a symbolic reconciliation of Turandot and Kalaf instead of the prolonged end by Alfano. A question of personal preferences …

Here are some pics from the visually overwhelming play at the Seebühne:

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July is busy in Munich: Opernfestspiele!

And so I have tickets for some new and some older presentations of operas at the Opernfestspiele:

  • Turandot by Puccini and  Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The seraglio) by Mozart
  • La Juive by Halévy and Der feurige Engel by Prokofjew and South Pole by Srnka

All are interesting operas in their own right (for historical and/or musical reasons), but the music performance was in the case of South Pole, La Juive and Der feurige Engel exceptional.

Here are some impressions ….

Impressions from Budapest

I am sorry to post only this late a stay in Budapest in the last week of november, but december was too full until now – well, you know as christmas approaches everything not yet done pops up …

We stayed in Buda, on the hilltop in the old town, and enjoyed a city rich of history and fascinating with its original culture.

At the Fisherman’s Bastion I saw this cute dragon:
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When we went inside the Matthias Church, we found a 19th century explosion of colours:
every bit is painted and the colours and patterns are a mixture of art nouveau and traditional:
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One night at the famous opera was also mandatory:
wonderful accoustics and a good performance!
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A must is the Museum of Applied Arts from Ödön Lechner who invented a mix of art nouveau and Hungarian folk art and exotic eastern architecture – the museum was built by him and you can find this window to to the sky in the stairs and entrance structure:
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There is another building by him in Budapest, the Postal Savings Bank building with bees marching on:
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Open Day at the Semperoper

It is a famous opera house and that is why: we had the pleasure to hear some presentation for the new season and the atmosphere is fascinating. With Aaron Pegram we had the opportunity to hear a singer work with his coach Matteo Pais. And the whole workshops give a good impression how dedicated people create art.

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“American Lulu” – Interview with Olga Neuwirth at the Bregenzer Festspiele

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Olga Neuwirth explains her intention to show Lulu not as a romantic creation but as a narcisstic bee queen that enjoys the suffering of her lovers as she is suffering herself.

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A view of the stage at the Werkstattbühne: the scene was very well prepared with video projection to enhance the story and Angel Blue was grand in her interpretation of Lulu.

The Zauberflöte at Bregenz

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The last time that David Pountney has done the stage: a very well known opera, in the extended version. What a pity that Pountney missed the opportunity to comment on some sexist and racist lines of the 18th century libretto. Instead we will have popcorn the next time as people don’t know how to behave: no running comments and you don’t sing along …

Last opera for Kent Nagano

Last opera for Kent NaganoLast opera for Kent Nagano

This is part of the ovations after the “Parsifal” by Richard Wagner at the Nationaltheater, München. It was the last time Nagano was conducting as the Gerneralmusikdirektor. People applauded für 20 minutes. But noby official came to give him some flowers or anything – very poor!