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Theo Adam Dies at 92

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday 12 January 2019 | 2:59:00 am

It is with much, much sadness that we must inform that the great Theo Adam died on Thursday in Dresden.  Words could do no justice to the amazing career that he had or the sadness that we feel.  We will leave that to his work. 
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Should You Be In San Francisco In February: Jasmin Solfaghari Discusses Directing The Ring Cycle

Written By The Wagnerian on Thursday 10 January 2019 | 5:52:00 pm

Saturday February 9, 2019 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

JCC-SF - 3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA

Free to WSNC Members, suggested donation of $10 for guests

The Wagner Society of Northern California invites you to meet and hear:

Jasmin Solfaghari, Director and Master Teacher will discuss her career as an Assistant Director for the many of the greatest opera directors and as a Director in her own right.

To read a review of Solfaghari's RING in Odense here is a link to a review with photos of the production:

Bio and CV: Jasmin Solfaghari was born in Freiburg/Germany in 1963 as daughter of German-Persian parents. After having spent the first six years of her childhood in Teheran/Iran she got her school and musical education in Freiburg. In 1989 she graduated in stage directing at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in the class of Prof. Götz Friedrich (diploma).

Positions and leading Positions

2018 Leadership department Opera/Musicaltheatre at PAMY Mediaproductions, Switzerland.

2004 – 2006: Oberspielleiterin at Deutsche Oper Berlin with revivals of “Rheingold”, “Siegfried” (Götz Friedrich), “Lulu” (Götz Friedrich), “Die Tote Stadt” (Philippe Arlaud), “La Bohème” (Götz Friedrich), “Pelléas et Mélisande” (Marco Arturo Marelli), “Der Rosenkavalier” (Götz Friedrich), “Cav/Pag” (David Pountney).

2001 - 2004: Oberspielleiterin Musiktheater" at Stadttheater Bremerhaven: main director opera.

1994 -1998: assistant stage director of Hamburgische Staatsoper and has worked among others with Christine Mielitz, Harry Kupfer, Günther Krämer, Achim Freyer, Marco Arturo Marelli a.o. She was responsible for revivals such as: "Der Ring des Nibelungen", "Il Trittico"(also for TV), "Die Fledermaus", "Tristan und Isolde", a.o.

During this period Jasmin Solfaghari collaborated with conductors such as Christian Thielemann, Sir Simon Rattle, Philippe Augin, Jacques Lacombe, Daniel Oren, Marc Albrecht, Antonello Allemandi, Gerd Albrecht, Donald Runnicles, Markus Stenz, Lothar Zagosek, a.o.

Jasmin Solfaghari worked with singers as Deborah Voigt (Debut Marschallin), Veronique Gens, Sophie Koch, Agnes Baltsa, Helga Dernesch, Gabriele Schnaut, Hanna Schwarz, Lisbeth Balslev, Angelika Kirchschlager, Monserrat Caballé, Barbara Daniels, Linda Watson, Evelyn Herlizius, Olga Romanko, Piotr Becala, Toopi Lehtipuu, Jean Marc Ainsley, Lioba Braun, Graham Clarc, Lance Ryan, Stefan Vinke, José Cura, Franz Grundheber, Simon Estes, Matti Salminnen, René Pape, Kurt Moll, Torsten Kerl, Gerhard Siegel, Catherine Foster, Jennifer Wilson, Ricarda Merbeth (Role debut Brünnhilde, Deutsche Oper) a.o.

Teaching and more

Jasmin Solfaghari is giving masterclasses and is holding lectures in Italy, Brasil, Israel, Germany, USA and China.

2012-2016 Teaching assignment at Hochschule für Musik Dresden.

2006-2011 Professor at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig (interimistic).

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Watch Now: The Flying Dutchman. Latvian National Opera and Ballet (Eng Subs)

Written By The Wagnerian on Saturday 5 January 2019 | 10:22:00 am

Available till match 2019.  We rather enjoyed this.


The Dutchman: Egils Siliņš

Senta, Daland's daughter: Vida Miknevičiūtė
Daland, a Norwegian sea captain: Ain Anger
Erik, a huntsman: Corby Welch
Mary: Ilona Bagele
Steersman: Mihail Chulpaev
Chorus: Chorus of the Latvian National Opera
Orchestra: Chorus of the Latvian National Opera
Music: Richard Wagner
Text: Richard Wagner
Conductor: Mārtiņš Ozoliņš
Director: Viestur Kairish
Set Designer: Reinis Dzudzilo
Costume Designer: Krista Dzudzilo
Lighting Designer: Oskars Pauliņš
Choreographer: Elīna Lutce

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Richard Wagner - Power, Sex And Revolution

It would seem the BBC has once again, made Paul Mason's 2013 Radio 4 documentary available for free, on-demand listening. Details below.

Two hundred years after the composer's birth, Paul Mason takes a fresh look at the man whose music has gripped him for as long as he can remember. The megalithic fifteen hours of The Ring cycle dominate our view of Wagner, but behind it lies a man whose complex personality leaves us still struggling to understand him. He was a revolutionary, not just in music but also in politics, even finding himself a wanted man in exile. He was determined to transform drama into something which would be a powerful force in society, and a man driven by ambition to revitalise a Germany which he saw as critically unwell. And there were the darker instincts, not least an attitude to racial purity which leaves deep questions about his validity as an artist. In the first programme Mason peers into the murky depths of a tale of desire and obsession. 'Tristan and Isolde' takes us deep into the mind of its composer, a man with powerful sexual urges of his own, and whose approach to life was totally reshaped by his discovery of one of the greatest philosophers of his age. We hear from those who have sung and studied the work, and also a man so captivated by the power of opera, and Wagner in particular, that he built his own opera house in which to stage these giant and ever-challenging works.

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LFO To Begin A New Ring Cycle In 2019

Longborough Festival Opera will continue its strong tradition of annual Wagner productions with its second Ring cycle, to begin with, Rheingold in 2019.

Its previous ring was met with much critical acclaim only a few short years ago - even here at the Wagnerian. Once again, LFO will bring the Ring to its unusual stage in the "heart of England", with a new production from Amy Lane, staff director at the ROH. Lane, a former opera singer, most recent work for the ROH includes the revival of the Royal Opera's Don Giovanni(Houston Grand Opera) and its Joint Associate Director on Die Walküre, Associate Director on Götterdämmerung and an Assistant Director for Hansel and Gretel.

Cast details below:

Conductor - Anthony Negus
Director - Amy Lane

Principal casting includes:

Wotan - Darren Jeffery
Alberich - Mark Stone
Fricka - Madeleine Shaw
Loge - Mark Le Brocq

Performance dates:

June 5, 7, 9 and 11 2019. Booking available from March. 

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