My blogging sabbatical away from politics continues, but here’s some operatic tragedy for the weekly opera fix, with Bryn & Jonas,
Concert in the Netherlands,
with Bryn Terfel as the Dutchman, Operhaus Zurich 2013,
Staged at La Scala, 2011, Barenboim conducts, with Peter Mattei, Bryn Terfel and Anna Netrebko,
Bonus: Mattei very nimble at Rossini’s Largo al factotum,
Jonas and Bryn in La Damnation de Faust. What more could a woman want?
Well, for starters, a production that was not this weird: Hawking walks and snails mate in mawkish opera
That’s Stephen Hawking they are talking about. Let’s hope he got royalties. The actor playing him looks like an old Alan Rickman. The caged dancers wear Hanes-style undies.
Could someone explain the whole mess, please?
Jonas Kaufmann (Faust),
Bryn Terfel (Méphistophélès),
Sophie Koch (Marguerite),
Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Brander)
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Best to close your eyes and enjoy the singing.
I hope Bryn & Jonas each got paid enough to pay off the mortgage and put the kids through college.
Salome by Richard Strauss, after Oscar Wilde’s play in the translation of Hedwig Lachmann
Staged at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden
Salome – Catherine Malfitano
Jochanaan – Bryn Terfel
Herodes – Kenneth Riegel
Herodias – Anja Silja
Narraboth – Robert Gambill
Love me a baritone,
More Sunday treats here.