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 […]
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 […]
The Wagner Society of New York — the largest in North America — reserves its Anton Seidel Award for the rare artist whose achievements in Wagner’s music have reached historic status. Past honorees have included James Levine, Birgit Nilsson and Plácido Domingo. This week the Society has announced a new honoree: The orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera. And well-deserved...
Two recent and independent events – Peter Gelb’s misguided and short-lived effort to muzzle bad reviews in the house organ Opera News and the cancellation of an announced concert of Wagner’s music at Tel Aviv – have raised principles that ought to be separate, but are too often conflated. Let’s distinguish “managing an international arts organization” […]