Yes. Summer is gone. Since then, so many great things happened to me. Or maybe not.
1. Salzburger Festspiele: Instead of catching those performances live, I saw them on medici.tv, ORF website, ARTE LIVE, and even Youtube(!) y'all. High class at the lowest price. I did go to Salzburg, JUST to pick up the programm books. Shame on me. Anyway, this year's Falstaff is my fave. Maestri rocked the house. Peter Stein's unimaginative and flat production of Don Carlo is boring as hell, despite its almost perfect ensemble. I mean, there's safe, then there's Stein. Awful. Netrebko triumphs as usual.
2. Musikfest Berlin: Wunderbar. Royal Concertgebouw and Berlin Phil definitely are the cool kids among others. Yefim Bronfman played Bartok's Piano Concert No. 3 with Concertgebouw: moment of the year. Janacek's Glagolistische Messe by Berlin Phil is simply mind-blowing. Deutsche Oper Orchester gave a very interesting programm with Britten's Les Illuminations (Soloist: Klaus Florian Vogt) and Shostakovich. Other orchestra played fairly good to very good.
3. Staatsoper Berlin - SAISONAUFTAKT: Premiere of Zarksja Newesta or The Tsar's Bride from Nikolaj Rimsky-Korsakow. Mind-blowing. Awesome. All the praise in the world. Director Dmitri Tcherniakov should be crowned 'king'. Technically very imaginative and also difficult to be executed, the production offers a very modern infusion to an opera seemed already far away from modern context. Olga Peretyatko fits the role of Marfa perfectly. I didn't really like Kotcherga that night at the premiere, but still - well done. The rest of the cast did a great job. Plus: Anita Rachvelishvili is THE DIVA in the house. Rating: 8/10
4. Deutsche Oper Berlin - AUFTAKT: Verdi's Nabucco. A good production, although not very eye-catching at the end of the night. The cast did quite a good job. Overall good, but not a must. Rating: 6/10
Coming up next:
- Berliner Philharmoniker is BACK!!! ... with Bach's Matthew Passion. Awesome 2010 all over again.
- Netrebko + Domingo + Barenboim = Berliner Staatsoper's Il Trovatore - a preview of what kind of greatness waiting in Salzburg in summer 2014. The opera event of the year.
- Livestream of Strauss' Die Frau ohne Schatten and Verdi's La Forza del Destino from Bavarian State Opera
- Do you know starting from November Vienna State Opera will also livestream their productions? BUT NOT FOR FREE! One ticket costs 14 Euro. Still gonna get'em anyway...
- New Year's Eve Gala with Kaufmann - Fleming - Thielemann at Semperoper Dresden!!!
- and many more...
2014 will be so awesome, my bones can feel it already. And my pockets too. They're just keep losing weight in the past few months. Paying those 'reservations'.