Wednesday, January 10, 2007


DV Brunnhilde is back on the schedule? Come again?

And Hep B is going to do Siegfried in performance in 3 years? For serious?

Is this like the last installment in a Gelb deal with Satan? What gives?


Blogger jfmurray3 said...


9:41 PM  
Blogger Tristan said...

I think Voigt was originally supposed to do the 2008 Brunnhildes, but backed out. Now it's listed as Christine Brewer. The casting for the 2010 is new, so I guess DV decided 2008 was too soon, but 2010 wasn't. Either way, I'd sell a testicle to see it. But definitely not so sure about the Hep B Siegfried.

Are we gonna hear more about Puritani from you guys other than what you've already posted?

11:47 PM  
Blogger Maury D'annato said...

Maybe DV didn't want to ring out the shabby old Schenk and thought it'd be more glamorous to ring in the new? Or maybe she decided to can it with this "I can sing in Italian, too," thing she's doing when her Salome was a triumph and her Tosca, well, not so. (Admits a true admirer of hers.)

I can't say I'm waiting for Hep B's Siegfried with bated breath...

12:55 AM  
Blogger Alex said...

Could there be some intrigue here about the outgoing GM's favors to the new? Gelb is tapped for the spot well before it becomes public. He knows the new Ring will be a defining moment of his tenure. He asks Volpe to release Voigt from the Last Schenk Show so that she can add (reduced) heft to the LePageungen; she claims Brunnhilde aversion; and then she triumphantly returns once Gelb's hand is firmly on the wheel? Granted, I totally don't know how any of these things actually work.

More to the point. Why does Hep B even want the performance S-fried? It just doesn't play to his strengths at all! Hep B at his best has the lyric + heft thing in spades. But that's a far cry from the Siegrfried Ironman tenor thing. Why Hep B? Why? Nightmares of a Siegrfried b-cast a la the Lohengrin b-cast commence now. 'Twould be the filth to end all filth, to be sure.

2:51 AM  
Blogger Chalkenteros said...

Who else tho? Botha? Me say Notha. I heard the Russian guy making the rounds with the Kirov at least looks the part.

3:53 PM  
Blogger Maury D'annato said...

Oh speaking of Russians, why not Galuzin I wonder. Biggest tenor voice I've heard at the Met, and people sometimes find it ill contained in Italian music. Sometimes just the thing for German music, that kind of voice.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous straussmonster said...

Alex said: Why does Hep B even want the performance S-fried? It just doesn't play to his strengths at all! Hep B at his best has the lyric + heft thing in spades.

Were we separated at birth, or do great minds just think alike? Exactly my response--not that it's not interesting to hear Siegfried done more lyric, and the role does have some great parts that the Ironmen bulldozer over, but the balance of the role is not in his favor. And it's LONG. It's not short and high and scary but mostly (strangely) lyric like Kaiser.

12:09 PM  

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