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    http://www.theguardian.com/music/mus...th-ring-cycle:

    If this Ring had any theme, it was unintentional and only occurred to me after the performance. Castorf seems like a living embodiment of the Ring's villain, Alberich, who steals the gold, renounces love and wants to rule the world. Castorf is a director who took the money, wanted notoriety and tried to face down a public. I know whose side I'm on. I wish that the Wagner half-sisters, Eva and Katharina, who run Bayreuth, were on that side, too. But after seeing this deliberately incoherent Ring cycle, it is hard to believe they are.
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    This link includes the full HardTalk interview with Thomas Hampson, who is just astonishingly good. I intended to watch only a couple of minutes, but got wrapped up in it and ended up watching the whole interview (about 24 minutes). I highly recommend it!

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    Ouch! During a recent performance of Don Carlo at the Bavarian State Opera, Jonas Kaufmann (Carlo) was working with a new team of actors in the auto-da-fé scene with whom he hadn't had a chance to rehearse. According to the director's instructions, he was supposed to fall with his hands tied behind his back, and they were to kick his sword out of the way when that happened. They forgot -- and the tenor got stabbed in the waist and lower rib area with the sword. After the Staatsoper's doctor had patched up his wounds during the intermission, he not only returned to sing the remainder of the performance, but afterward, attended a charity dinner for the State Opera's Campus youth program, of which he is the sponsor.
    I've heard of suffering for your art, but I suspect this isn't what was meant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    I've heard of suffering for your art, but I suspect this isn't what was meant!
    "Suffering for your art"? How about "falling on your sword"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAuer View Post
    Ouch! During a recent performance of Don Carlo at the Bavarian State Opera, Jonas Kaufmann (Carlo) was working with a new team of actors in the auto-da-fé scene with whom he hadn't had a chance to rehearse. According to the director's instructions, he was supposed to fall with his hands tied behind his back, and they were to kick his sword out of the way when that happened. They forgot -- and the tenor got stabbed in the waist and lower rib area with the sword.
    auto-da-fé indeed!
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    Stefan Herheim: Opera director as 'renewer': [clicky]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
    This link includes the full HardTalk interview with Thomas Hampson, who is just astonishingly good. I intended to watch only a couple of minutes, but got wrapped up in it and ended up watching the whole interview (about 24 minutes). I highly recommend it!
    The backlash from the interview has started! [clicky]
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