Photos from Nicholas Carter, conductor's post ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
The Richard Wagner Society of South Australia is deeply saddened by this news. The 2004 Ring in Adelaide remains one of the most remarkable achievements in the performance of Wagnerian Opera. Vale Stephen Phillips.Vale Stephen Phillips, State Opera South Australia's former General Director passed away last weekend after a long illness. A strong supporter and contributor to our company's proud history of “firsts” including the first Australian-built Ring Cycle in 2004 and the first international performance of Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking and many other contemporary operas. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
View on Facebook
Easter Monday evening I went to a performance of the Kirril Serebrennikov production of Parsifal. This harrowing interpretation has been disputed - it sets the action in an undoubtedly Russian jail, decommissioned by the 3rd act, with Klingsor's garden an editorial office for a glossy exploitative male fashion magazine "Schloss". For me it works very well and I had seen the initial online-only production in 2021. Critics are of-course divided but generally positive eg Christian Ocier " the director’s self-contained storytelling is compelling and politically resonant in light of the tragedy surrounding Alexei Navalny’s incarceration and death". Daniel Frank's Parsifal is shadowed by his younger self in a tour-de-force of wordless acting by Russian/German actor Nicolai Sidorenko. I met conductor Alexander Soddy at the Stage Door and he very graciously recalled his visit to Adelaide as assistant to Simone Young, I think in 2009. They played the marvellous Humperdinck 4-hands Parsifal piano arrangement with illuminating narration read by our own, the late Professor Brain Coghlan.Geoffrey Seidel ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Hello, I am very new to Facebook so please excuse any awkwardness. I've been meaning to start some connection with Wagnerians and opera lovers in general. I am triggered today because I did a "bucket list" experience - Act III of Parsifal on Good Friday at Schloss Grafenegg. A bus was provided leaving from the Vienna Musikverein and it was about a 1 hour trip up the Danube Valley where stands the Romantic-Gothic castle with a modern auditorium in the park. The orchestra was the Tonkünstler(resident at the Musikverein, St Pölton and Grafenegg) with outstanding singers Klaus Florian Vogt(Parsifal), Stephen Milling(Gurnemanz) and the most impressive Australian baritone Derek Welton(Amfortas). The Christian Symbolism and mysogynistic elements in this work are much debated but the the unbelievable beauty of the music leaves an undeniable sense of compassion. redemption, renewal and growth. Shall I post after the very different fully staged Serebrennikov Parsifal at the Staatsoper on Easter Monday?Geoffrey Seidel ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook