Remy Franck, a journalist in Luxembourg, interviews our buddies
for his blog/web-journal Pizzicato. Thomas and Luca compare and contrast
building an operatic career "back then" (Thomas) and now (Luca). Not too much of the
discussion will bebrand newto us, but both gentlemen are
articulate and fun to hear from. Young singers would do well to spend a
few minutes reading this interview.
LP and TH note that sometimes extensive experience in a role can
be detrimental (in the eye of the director). TH kind of dances
around the concept of Regie without actually naming it,
reminding us that "...regardless of the event pressure and all this
fantastic theatrical things that we enjoy, opera is a musical art form."
[Ed. note: AMEN!]
tend toward the anti-regieside
you could say he is against it. But if you are pro- regieyou'd probably say he's for it. Both LP and TH have enthusiastically and successfully performed in what could be termed Regie productions. So clearly, while there are always limits, and they keep the music first and foremost, they are open to new ideas, too. Although, apparently
director Willi Decker once accused TH of being a musicologist (presumably
during the Traviata production, which
TH neither names nor comments on). I think Thomas should take that as a compliment. There are many much worse things you could call
I just discovered Pizzicatovia a link from LP's Facebook page. The site has many interesting articles and news bits in both German (mostly) and English (I suspect this interview was conducted in
German, then translated), including a little piece about another blogger-whom-I-shall-not-name
who is known for misinformation and inciting controversy; Pizzicato also contains many DVD and CD reviews.
OK, you know me. Idohave more to say. I initially purchased this album only because
Dorothea Röschmann sings on
three tracks (I posted two of them a while back). It's good go back and rediscover these gems! Overall I am not
thrilled with the conducting on the Mozart, but when I skipped over to the
Wagner...well, this is what a friend of mine would callschmalzando,especially the playout (after MG, sadly, stops singing).
Please enjoy this bit of Tuesday Tannhäuser (even though it's probably already Wednesday for most of my readers!)
Several fans have posted
this performance on the TOOB. This is the cleanest transfer I've seen so far, and they're both together in one file.
I've always been more partial to Cav. Couldn't someone pair it with something
likeGianni Schiccior another fluffier piece?
But the opportunity to
see/hear JK in both roles is hard to pass up. I confess I haven't sat through
the whole double feature yet. (I had to r-ewatch the blue kool-aid Cosi first!) Maybe today's the day for Cav/Pag. Happy Saturday Matinee
Here's a preview of the
new Meistersinger starring Jonas Kaufmann (and probably some other singers, too...) at the Bayerische Staatsoper. The new production will debut in May 2016. At least the interviews are
thoughtfully subtitled auf English! I am sure we'll have a Staatsoper.tv
opportunity to see this from afar, but they haven't (as far as I know)
published the 2015/2016 broadcast schedule yet.
Meanwhile we do still
have the (apparently quite bizarre, but it's hard to beat the singing) Manon Lescaut to look forward tothis summer: