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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? Lohengrin, Romantic opera in three acts, music and libretto by Richard Wagner, directed by David Alden, orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Andris Nelsons, Royal Opera, Thursday 7th June 2018, reviewed by LESLIE JONES In … Continue reading

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Leipzig in Musical History

Leipzig in Musical History  Tony Cooper takes a musical heritage trip to Leipzig Leipzig is certainly a city rich in musical history. For a start, Richard Wagner was born here. But if Wagner was closely associated with Leipzig so was Felix … Continue reading

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Oper Leipzig, The Ring

Oper Leipzig, The Ring Wagner:The Ring of the Nibelung, Oper Leipzig, from 11th April 2018, directed by Rosamund Gilmore, conducted by Ulf Schirmer, reviewed by TONY COOPER Leipzig is rich in musical history. Richard Wagner was born here, Felix Bartholdy … Continue reading

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The Ring, at Dresden

The Ring, at Dresden Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen, Semperoper, Dresden, January 2018, directed by Willy Decker, Staatskapelle, conducted by Christian Thielemann, reviewed by TONY COOPER Born in 1950, the German theatre director Willy Decker – who staged the world … Continue reading

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Parsifal, Reloaded

Parsifal, Reloaded Parsifal, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, 21st August 2017, director Uwe Eric Laufenberg, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, reviewed by Tony Cooper Parsifal, Wagner’s farewell to the world, was completed in January 1882 and was first seen in that year. This … Continue reading

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Bayreuth, Meistersinger

Bayreuth, Meistersinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, August 19th 2017, director Barrie Kosky, conducted by Philippe Jordan, reviewed by Tony Cooper Barrie Kosky – artistic director of Komische Oper Berlin – was born in Melbourne in the late … Continue reading

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Swan Song

Swan Song Parsifal, an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner, Staatsoper Berlin, April 8th, 2017. Director, Dmitri Tcherniakov: conductor, Daniel Barenboim: reviewed by Tony Cooper As the audience entered the auditorium of the Schiller Theatre (the temporary residence of … Continue reading

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Mark my Words

Mark my Words Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, libretto and score by Richard Wagner, Royal Opera House, 13th March 2017, directed by Kasper Holten, orchestra conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, reviewed by Leslie Jones This new production of Meistersinger, by departing … Continue reading

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Der fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer Der fliegende Holländer, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, August 2016. Director Jan Philipp Gloger, conducted by Axel Kober, reviewed by Tony Cooper Wagner’s first mature opera written in 1841, Der fliegende Holländer, was directed with great flair and imagination by the … Continue reading

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Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde Tristan und Isolde, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, August 2016. Director Katharina Wagner, conducted by Christian Thielemann, reviewed by Tony Cooper This production of Tristan und Isolde by Katharina Wagner first saw the light of day last year, immediately … Continue reading

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