Arts Centre, Melbourne: Das Rheingold - review by Andrew Clements
"[...] Though Ring cycles have proliferated throughout this Wagner bicentenary year, Opera Australia's is rather special. It's the first time the company has mounted a staging – the first time, in fact, that any totally homegrown production of the Ring has come to fruition in Australia – and it has taken up the challenge head on, unveiling all four productions within eight days and making the three complete cycles the centrepiece of a month-long Wagner festival in Melbourne. [...] http://www.theguardian.com/
"Wagners Parzival begeistert in Beijing Publikum"
"Das einfache und kantige Opern-Meisterstück wurde zum ersten Mal in Beijing aufgeführt und ist eine Gemeinschaftsproduktion zwischen dem Beijing International Music Festival, dem Osterfestival in Salzburg und dem Opernhaus von Dresden." http://german.china.org.cn/
Erfreuliche Premiere von Wagners „Das Rheingold" in Linz
Andris Nelsons Inaugurates a New Era with the Boston Symphony Orchestra
Symphony Hall, Boston - October 18, 2013 Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25 in C Major, K.503; Brahms: Symphony No.3 in F Major, Op.90
[...]" The Siegfried Idyll [...] requires a command of architecture that escapes conductors twice Nelsons’s age, as well as a freedom of tempo and emotion that must never become too impulsive. A balance must also be found between the private side of Wagner’s adoration of his wife, for whom the piece was written and first performed, and the insistently public, mythical themes of Siegfried and Brünnhilde that Wagner uses to express it. Yet Nelsons judged this beautifully, with tempi that dared to linger but that never dragged. Hints of swagger to Siegfried’s themes reminded that tranquility emerged from inquietude for hero and composer alike. Balances were impeccable, enabling the BSO’s solo woodwinds to communicate musically even through the thicker textures of this arrangement for full strings, and those strings, too, seemed to have a darker, more Germanic tinge to their sound than one would often hear. [...]
"The BSO have acquired perhaps the most talented young conductor in the world: they know it, and they played like they know it here. There were enough slips in the Mozart and Brahms that Nelsons surely knows how much work he will have to do to restore this orchestra to its rightful place, both technically and in the pantheon of great American orchestras. Given time, he will."