Thursday, May 28, 2015

double header

Your random #tbt Don K(C)arlos trailers of the week, now with 2x Schillerian crunchiness!

I know you've really all been waiting for the one with Sven-Eric Bechtolf as Philip II, so regie-tastic it killed my disc drive*:

and, this week only, bonus Bieito! More potted plants!!**

*why yes, it is on DVD.

**We assume this has to do with that whole sowing for Eternity/reaping Death Marquis von Posa groovethang...

Previous episode here.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

starch and a halfpipe

Proving that Robert Wilson productions are perhaps best left to Robert Wilson, your random #tbt Don Karlos trailer for the week, courtesy of Hessisches Landestheater Marburg

Previous episode here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

bagpipe crime!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

sundry items

By now you've probably all read Alice Coote's piece in the Guardian about gender fluidity on and off the opera stage, but here it is in case you haven't. All in conjunction with this.

There's a new kid on the opera streaming block, free, ungeoblocked, and with some interesting stuff coming down the pike.

Meanwhile, Digital Theatre -- not free but damn cheap -- has added Nicholas Hytner's Così and Michael Grandage's Figaro to the Glyndebourne section of their burgeoning opera video library.

Lastly, Kerry Candaele's documentary Following the Ninth, about Beethoven's 9th Symphony in times of social upheaval, is up for streaming on Amazon

Thursday, May 7, 2015

plastic sheeting keeps the blood in Brabant

Your random #tbt Don Karlos trailer for the week, courtesy of Theater Augenschein:

Goth chick Eboli; The Duke of Alba is all about the leather; bathtubs and plastic babies - it's a theme; and starring John Williams as the Grand Inquisitor!

Previous episode here.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Guy Carawan 1927 - 2015

...or how an old song got passed around and eventually became the spine of the Civil Rights Movement.  A nice summation from Derek Schofield in the Guardian here, and another, more detailed, from Mark Moss in Sing Out here.

Guy and Candie Carawan also did this really cool thing.

Monday, May 4, 2015


An Alex Ross aside in his review of Cav/Pag in the current New Yorker:

"Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, is phasing out the sumptuously picturesque productions of Franco favor of stagings that echo, very mildly, radical European styles. The outrage that has greeted these efforts is dismayingly reactionary. Gelb has made some poor choices, to be sure, but the basic strategy of artistic renovation is sound. If the Met were to offer nothing but fixed stagings of a fixed canon, it would succumb to terminal atrophy. Not that Europe is so far ahead: all those antic deconstructions are a defense against the boredom of an overfamiliar repertory. The really radical move would be to focus on new opera, as every company did before 1900."

Full text here.