ArchiveFebruary 2013

Met Prepares to Release Archive of Wagner Performance


Our valued colleague at The Wagnerian blog has brought to our attention the planned release of a trove of historical recordings of performances of Wagner works by the Metropolitan Opera. The recordings have been remastered, and the artists include Melchior, Flagstad, Hotter, Varnay, Reiner, Szell and the rest of the gang.  It is available from early […]

Parsifal with the Laughs


The gifted actress Katarina Dalayman took time off from her performing, teaching, coaching and all of her other responsibilities to join the “Singers Roundtable” at the Wagner Society’s seminar on Sunday.  We were discussing Kundry when she made the following very interesting points (my summary, not hers): Here we have someone who, for her sin, is condemned […]

New York Wagner Society’s Seminar Sunday February 24, 2013


The Wagner Society of New York will offer its 33rd Annual Seminar from Noon to 5:15 p.m. on Sunday February 24, 2013.  The Seminar, on Parsifal, will be held at the Dicapo Opera Theatre, 184 East 76th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues). The level of erudition and of entertainment at these seminars is equally […]

Wagner for Brass


A new recording has been released of one of the more remarkable treatments of Wagner’s music: “Wagner for Brass” performed by the Neos Brass and arranged by Herman Jeurissen. (Not to be confused with the Philips CD of the same name featuring the Canadian Brass and members of the Bayreuth orchestra.)  Jeurissen explains in the liner […]

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