Jonas Kaufmann is out of tonight's La forza del destino in Munich due to unspecified "illness". So it's lucky the cameras were there to record him in all his glory on 28 December:
It's best to close one's eyes and to listen, rather than observe the nonsense that's happening on the stage. Martin Kusej ... argh ... where's my barf bag?
02 January 2014 at 07:49 PM
Thank you!!! YAY! (I missed all the setup in the overture on Saturday)
Regie, or Not Regie |
02 January 2014 at 09:52 PM
Thanks. Timely preservation is recommended.
William Lau |
03 January 2014 at 04:57 AM
Thanks!!! I tried to watch it streaming but my computer wasn't quite up to it. It's great to see it now.
03 January 2014 at 06:14 AM
At yesterdays performance there was an announcement and that said he had a 'starke Erkältung'. No word about how long he would be out. Needless to say, Todorovich was disappointing and his hard pressed top notes that often fell short of the mark were not a thing of beauty. He also looked like he could be Leonore's father. She sang like a goddess and after the first scene were one could sense a lack of chemistry she was at her best and perhaps this was the best performance of hers in the run of the 4 so far.
03 January 2014 at 11:10 AM
Many thanks for the report Feldmarschallin. Lack of chemistry not really a surprise in the circumstances but glad to hear that Anja was in good voice. Let us hope that the 'starke Erkältung' does not spread amongst the cast!
03 January 2014 at 11:19 AM
Also those cream colored pants that you see Kaufmann wearing in the picture have disappeared. He only wore them in the GP and on the first night I believe and now he and Todorovich wear black ones instead. Funny that all the pictures that are hanging outside the Staatsoper also have him in those cream pants since the photos were snapped during the Generalprobe.
03 January 2014 at 11:42 AM
Thanks. I missed the first part of the live stream because I couldn't find the right url. It is wonderful to see this in its entirety from the beginning.
I also thank the Bayerische Staatsoper, whom I would gladly pay directly for a nice crisp download.
03 January 2014 at 03:35 PM
Rats. Left it too late to watch this and now it’s gone. Saw most of the live-stream but missed the first scene. Since then somewhere I have caught enough of it to see JK tumbling in through the net curtains like the stunning bit-of-rough from the wrong side of the tracks that nice girls and boys always dream of (oh my beating heart.....). The black trousers definitely a change for the better. Call me old-fashioned, but I wish at the same time they had given the divine Anja lower shoes for the first scene with JK: being a goddess, she is tall anyway and hardly needs 4-inch heels. Wonderful singing all round.
I see some logic and contemporary relevance in the staging, but think it is ugly. At least no-one is dressed in bed-sheets. War-traumatised Jonas vomiting is a good touch. But Leonora seeking spiritual refuge outside a 1980’s conference centre? No, too much of an intellectual stretch. But perhaps the wooden walling gives an extra kick to the acoustics. I would quite like to set fire to that table. But without it making a physical link between the scenes would they have meshed stylistically? It seems to me that each scene could have come from quite different shows. And if the director is giving us realism, why didn’t Alvaro go to Leonora earlier when she was dying, and hold her for longer? We need a reflection of their passion from the first scene, (and his marvellous Act 3 aria), but we were emotionally let down. As for his wandering off at the end with a small cross (not even a knife) - anti-climactic or what?
But a great start to 2014 with 3 gorgeous principals......... are we going to get the DVD, Herr Bachler?
And, equally importantly, is Jonas’s cold going to be over by the 5th, when Manou will be in the audience?
03 January 2014 at 07:36 PM
He was back yesterday evening in splendid voice. Harteroos too, who made me, a decided sceptic, realise just what we've been missing in London - I hope she has not been permanently scared off from the Garden. As for the production, seen live and with an open mind, it's a serious attempt to embrace the (if I may) carnivalesque aspects of Forza, with acting whose intensity and subtlety matches the singing.
Intermezzo replies - Harteros wasn't "scared off" from Covent Garden. She was not pressured into pulling out - the opposite in fact. She chose not to meet her commitments for her own reasons. The ROH said at the time of her last withdrawal that no further appearances were scheduled, and as far as I know, that is still the case.
06 January 2014 at 08:41 PM
That train has left the station. Why would she want to come back there after the bitter taste after the Boheme episode where she offered to come for one week of rehearsals and was told either two weeks or don't come at all. I would think that for a routine production of Boheme which is certainly a very traditional one and not some complicated Herheim production which one needs to rehearse longer, that one week would be enough. Especially when they know of her private situation. Oh well other Indendanten are more understanding and she chooses to sing in those houses.
Intermezzo replies - Because if one principal is absent for half the rehearsal period, then nobody else can properly rehearse the scenes that involve her? Because ticket prices are so high at Covent Garden that people expect to see an adequately prepared production? She was unable to fulfil her contract; she was released from it. Let her sing where she wants to; it's no great loss to London.
09 January 2014 at 07:46 AM
Because London speaks through Intermezzo, obviously.
Intermezzo replies - I made no such claim.
09 January 2014 at 11:04 AM
As Anja Harteros is one of the greatest artists today then it is a loss to London. I have just returned from Munich having seen her with Jonas Kaufmann in an unforgettable Forza del Destino. Such a wonderful pairing of two singers in theirbprime does not happen so very often. Thank goodness for Munich where they sing together regularly
09 January 2014 at 11:56 AM
Do we know if there’ll be a dvd for sale? One hurried viewing on a computer is not enough!!!
Jacky T |
09 January 2014 at 05:25 PM
Mr. Bachler does not organize DVDs!! Its a shame!!
09 January 2014 at 06:56 PM
If you go on to Premiere Opera website you will be able to find a DVD out this month
Intermezzo replies - which I should point out is an unauthorised release.
09 January 2014 at 08:23 PM
Jacky T, I'm sorry to report that Bachler has said several times there will be no DVDs of the Munich livestream performances.
10 January 2014 at 06:35 PM
I asked our backstage-tour guide to carry my complaints about this issue to Herr Bachler (half-jokingly) and he suggested maybe it's not all his fault: problems with rights, artists on different labels, and "sometimes the singers don't think it was their best performance". Yet other opera houses manage to overcome all these issues... Although speaking of these issues: still no release date for Met Parsifal in the US. Because of title character's label change?
10 January 2014 at 06:39 PM
Given that Herr Bachler has the Traumpaar, possibly of this century, making historic performances, I wonder if he could be persuaded to change his policy on DVD's? Is Munich's Otello going to disappear into the mists, and a few unsatisfactory bootleg recordings?
11 January 2014 at 05:55 PM
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