Tatjana Gürbaca - who had already taken care of Der Fliegende Holländer in Antwerp, Lohengrin in Essen and an abridged (and rebuilt) Ring des Nibelingen in Vienna (Die Ring-Trilogie!) - returns to Opera Vlaanderen with her Parsifal production from 2013 (Wagner's bicentennial). Both praised and controversial - it all sounds very much as a recommendation. Read the review here >>
Pierre Audi's production of Tristan und Isolde is out of this world.
Bruckner's last symphony as the first concert of the new year.
The Exterminating Angel from Thomas Adès. An opera based on a movie by Luis Buñuel. As seen in a movie theater - the first time I’ve attended an opera in a cinema.
A double bill by The Dutch National Opera with a dark dreaming Zemlinsky and a witty Puccini.
Before he sets himself to a staging of Tannhäuser next season, Christof Loy committed himself to Guiseppe Verdi's Schicksal Opera for the Dutch National Opera.
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This website wants to be a musical journey from the blues-based hardrock I grew up with to the 19th century music dramas of Richard Wagner I became so enarmored with later in my life.
The music of Wagner feels, more than the music of any other (classical) composer I know, like a natural extension of the hardrock and heavy metal I grew up with. His music can be a place for the metal aficionado who might have reached a point of arrival in his or her listening experience and is receptive for something that goes beyond the sound of double bass drums and howling guitarsolos. Something else, but something that is equally, if not more, satisfying to ears and soul. For me Richard Wagner was the door to new worlds of sound. A guide on a journey through a musical landscape that is still ongoing.
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EIN HOLLÄNDER IN BAYREUTH
Frank Castorf and the theater of deconstruction.
Making your dream come true with a guitar. That is what Sam Russel is doing. Previously he shared the stage with Steve Vai and with the release of his album Impetuous Desire a deeply rooted wish sees the light of day.
From Chicago comes HEMI, a power trio that, on their way to world domination, just released their studio album Avalon.
Next in a series of interviews with Brazilian metal bands comes PANDEMMY. Trash & Death Metal with an almost delicate feel for melody.
Coming from São Paulo, Brazil is APOPHANOUS. A Progressive Thrash Metal band with more than just a few tricks on their sleeve.
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