On the Death of Siegfried Lenz ? ?You have to justify your life?

Siegfried Lenz, one of the great writers of German post-war literature is dead. He died on 7 October 2014, surrounded by his family. He was 88 years old.... more more

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In the cradle of the Phaedra myth

Thursday 27 September, 2007

Hans Werner Henze's fourteenth opera "Phaedra" almost cost him his life. Now the premiere has taken place in Berlin. Volker Hagedorn visited the eighty-one-year-old composer at his home above the Tiber valley, where he has lived and worked since 1953.
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Tradition, revolution and reaction in Bayreuth

Monday 30 July, 2007

Probably never before has there been so much hype around a premiere at the Bayreuth Festival. Because the director of this "Mastersingers of Nuremberg" is Katharina Wagner, great granddaughter of Richard Wagner, who could one day take over as festival director. By Marianne Zelger-Vogt (Image: Katharina Wagner. © Enrico Nawrath, courtesy Bayreuther Festspiele)
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Opera without angst

Wednesday 30. August, 2006

Elke Heidenreich is smitten by the Glyndebourne Festival in England and asks herself why can't Germans do this - enjoy the exquisite pleasure of opera without feeling obliged to analyse it to death?
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The sweet horror of passion

Wednesday 7 September, 2005

Remembering love and death: why we need operas like "La Traviata" now more than ever. By Eva Demski
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Straying from the path of virtue

Wednesday 10 August, 2005

Festival critics rarely agree on anything, but this time it's pretty much unanimous: Willy Decker's staging of "La Traviata" at the Salzburg Festival is a mega-hit. Thanks largely to the stupendous soprano Anna Netrebko. By Jürg Stenzl
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Secrets of the grotto

Friday 29 July, 2005

"Die Gezeichneten" (The Marked Ones) by Franz Schreker, which is playing at this year's Salzburg festival, has got critic Peter Hagmann hot under the collar. For him, the opera vibrates, mounts and climaxes.
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Hero to zero

Wednesday 27 July, 2005

This year's Bayreuth Festival opened with a new interpretation of Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde" by Swiss director Christoph Marthaler. The stakes were high; the last Tristan, by Heiner Müller, enjoyed iconographic status. And for Hans-Klaus Jungheinrich, this year's performance was an unspectacular failure, with the notable exception of Nina Stemme's brilliant Isolde.
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"Don't touch me" Mozart

Thursday 21 July, 2005

After turning his back on the opera eleven years ago and dedicating himself entirely to cinema, cult director Patrice Chereau has returned to the Festival international d'art lyrique in Aix en Provence with an impeccable staging of Mozart's "Cosi fan tutte". But why? By Claus Spahn
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