Don’t go near that mall, Americans (and non-Americans)! Waste time on the internet instead!
The Wiener Volksoper has revived Stefan Herheim’s 2004 production of Madama Butterfly. Here’s a review by the Zwölftöner. (Bachtrack)
(If you are interested in music in Vienna, you should be reading his excellent blog, Von heute auf morgen.)
Also Viennese: Franz Welser-Möst talks to the Salzburger Nachrichten about life at the Wiener Staatsoper, in German. (Salzburger Nachrichten, thanks to Intermezzo for the tip)
Arte Live Web is streaming the Bolshoi’s grand reopening production of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and directed by Dmitri Tcherniakov. I haven’t gotten a chance to watch it yet but I’ve heard very good things and am looking forward to it! FYI: no subtitles. (Arte Live Web)
John at Opera Ramblings has some interesting thoughts following up on my “Opera Isn’t Theater” post. (Opera Ramblings)
This article on concert presenters in Berlin is interesting if you read German. (Otherwise it will be pretty incomprehensible.) (Tagesspiegel)
Here are some caricatures based on the Bay Staats’s current Contes d’Hoffmann, courtesy of Rolando Villazón. (Bayerische Staatsoper im Blog)