Thursday, March 3, 2016

Update from Semperoper: Die Walküre & 2016/2017 Season Announcement

 1. Last week I got the chance to see the revival of a rather old production of Wagner's Die Walküre by Willy Decker. Conducted by Christian Thielemann, the singer ensemble for the night was quite flawless. Christopher Ventris & Petra Lang sang Siegmund & Sieglinde, Hunding was Georg Zeppenfeld. Markus Marquardt, a frequent Wotans in Leipzig and Saxon region, reprised the role alongside Nina Stemme as Brünnhilde, Christa Mayer sang Fricka and a few Valkyries have also sung their roles in Bayreuth. At the end of the day, with a rather short time of rehearsal, there wasn't much room for improvement for these singers. The biggest critic was perhaps the orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden who failed at some points to play synchronically as a big group, as well in responding to the singers (Thielemann to blame?). The Willy Decker's production was rather not innovative and didn't bring anything new to the table. I just came for the singers and got what I want. Still a glorious night to remember.

2. Just yesterday Semperoper announced the programm for the next season of 2016/2017. My three personal highlights are the revival of Rheingold and Siegfried, as well as the Dresden premiere of this year's Salzburg Easter Festival opera Verdi's Otello. Great cast for all three productions, Otello even has the original cast planned for this Easter, let's just hope Johan Botha and Dmitri Hvorotovsky recover soon. They're all conducted by Christian Thielemann. The Ring operas are directed by Willy Decker, continuing the Walküre performances last week and Otello by Vincent Bousard. 

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