Let’s check in with the world of mechanical reproduction for a second.
René Pape has a new Wagner CD! Daniel Barenboim conducts the Staatskapelle Berlin and Pape sings Wotan, Gurnemanz, Hans Sachs, etc. and… Wolfram? Just the Abendstern. With a guest appearance by Placido Domingo, who is not quite competing with Pape for roles yet, but sings Parsifal.
Tune into Oe1 on Saturday night to hear (but not see) Anna Netrebko’s much-anticipated role debut as Anna Bolena live from the Wiener Staatsoper. I will be busy at the time, at the Staatsoper, seeing Anna Netrebko’s role debut as Anna Bolena. The second performance, on Tuesday, April 5, will be broadcast on ORF and Arte TV and in movie theaters. In typically useless fashion, the Staatsoper website mentions the cinema broadcast but has no information at all about where it is happening, so check your proverbial local listings. It’s all over Europe but I don’t think it’s happening anywhere in the US. The production, as seen above (Elina Garanca as Jane Seymour–more flattering than the one available picture of Trebs), seems to be that old favorite, Goth Tudors in Space.
The Bayerische Staatsoper’s Rusalka directed by Martin Kusej that I just wrote about will be out on DVD in May, according to leading lady Kristine Opolais’s website. Watch it! It’s really good! And try to ignore the dreadful font choice on the cover.
Do you think Tosca needs more red velvet chairs and women with severe hairdos (this time Emily Magee)? Then this new DVD of a Zurich Robert Carsen production is for you. (I have not seen it, I’m just extrapolating based on about every other Carsen production I’ve seen.) Bonus: Jonas Kaufmann as Cavaradossi. Wild card: Thomas Hampson as Scarpia?! At least they got the font on the cover right.
Soprano of the Future Mojca Erdmann has a Mozart and co. CD. (And she is doing her best “doe-eyed maiden” look on the cover.) I have not heard this lady yet, but she has a big-label contract, and those are rare, so I assume she’s on the upswing. You need another Mozart aria CD, right? Well, there’s Salieri and Paisiello and stuff too, so good on you for that at least, Mojca Erdmann.