Diana has had to cancel a lot too but unfortunatly this is because she's been having problems with her second pregnancy, according to her website that is. But she only has I think one more engagement scheduled before she'll go on maternity leave so hopefully the rest will do her good and she can focus on having the baby. I wish her all the best.
Only the positive!
Things are heating up in Wagner-Land. The Wagner sisters have released a sneak-preview of coming seasons, including a Parsifal from the German artist Jonathan Meese. Meese reportedly drew swastikas and sieg heiled all over the place in an installation/performance thing he did in Japan some years ago. Coming just days after the Nitkin hubbub, this can't be good press for the Wagners, and this has already sparked outrage on the Twitter-machine, but then again, so much does.
The image is too large to post, so I'll have to just provide the link instead:
No, this is not a publicity photo for "Liberace: the Opera." It is a photo from the new Salzburg Festival production of Ariadne auf Naxos, with my fave tenor as Bacchus. Yeah, the costume's cheesy, but this guy looks good in anything.
However, Carlo Vitali writes in a subscriber-only article in Musical America that the Vivaldi "discovery" is hype and that the information in the Observer article differs in many ways from what is known to the "whole community of Vivaldi scholars.... Exactly how much of the non-autograph material in Giordano 37 is a simple copy from Ristori's lost score [from 1713] is an open question. Vivaldi is undoubtedly responsible for the material in his own hand and the material for which there are concordances in other works by him.... As to the contents of the lost act, any speculation is possible." I suppose we're fortunate that the score could be passed off as a Vivaldi opera, since a Ristori Orlando probably would not have been recorded despite the high quality of his music.
It looks like Plácido Domingo is adding some more baritone roles to his repertoire: in addition to singing Giorgio Germont at the Met next year, he's also supposed to take on the title role in Nabucco at the Royal Opera House. Speaking of new roles, Violeta Urmana will be singing her first Brünnhilde in a concert performance of Siegfried by the Berlin Philharmonic next March. Marek Janowski will be conducting.
Aw, Nat, poor Placidone! He old chap can still deliver, and it's very entertaining to listen to his baritone roles, with the darkening of his voice. More power to Placidone! I remain a fan!
"J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)
EDIT: So, I've been examining the matter after I've said something about it, which is what I normally do in these circumstances. Violeta Urmana is indeed the Brünnhilde of the Pentatone/Janowski Ring, but they've gone with the 3 operas, 2 Brünnhildes approach. The Walküre Brünnhilde will be Petra Lang, the Siegfried Brünnhilde will be, as previously mentioned, Violeta Urmana, and the Götterdämmerung Brünnhilde will once again be Petra Lang. They are also using different Siegfrieds, Stephen Gould and Lance Ryan for Siegfried and Götterdämmerung, respectively.
ADDENDUM: The orchestra is not the Berliner Philharmoniker, although the concert is being held at the Philharmonie. The orchestra will be, as in the rest of the series, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin.
So, it turns out, Evgeny Nitkin is innocent after all. Norman Lebrecht says so, and so it must be true. As does Peter Gelb and The New York Times. So we will see him in Parsifal next season at the Met.
Another potentially very interesting bit is Norman Lebrecht's link to an interview he did with Patrice Chereau a few years ago, where the subject of nazism in Bayreuth came up. Haven't listened yet, but it should prove interesting listening.