My comments regarding excesses in some Regieoper productions have again elicited a spirited response. Seems many are grateful that the subject has been raised.
One comment, however, questioned where I might be coming from, suggesting that I what I’ve written might be the ranting of an old man.
Well, can’t change my age (83) and would like to think that I’m not yet ranting. I do rave…about the spectacular ground-breaking stagings of which I have had the privilege of being part:
Wieland Wagner’s Lohengrin (Bayreuth 1960)
Wieland Wagner’s Tristan (La Scala 1968),
Wernicke’s “Don Carlo” (Salzburg 1998),
Jonathan Miller’s “Fanciulla” (La Scala 1991),
Strehler’s Falstaff (La Scala 1981),
Asari’s “Butterfly (La Scala 1985),
Noelte’s “Don Giovanni” (Deutsche Oper Berlin 1973),
Zeffirelli’s “Turandot” (La Scala 1983)
and many more, including LePage’s staging of my own opera “1984″ (Covent Garden 2005).
Since “1984″ is about what’s happening today, contemporary aesthetics are the rule…. in the music, stage sets and action, with torture scenes, the horrific trappings of a police state, rampant Big Brotherism…..as “modern” as it gets. No prudery either…the jailed aging drunken prostitute does her thing (or tries to) with her fellow (male) prisoners.
So I age peacefully and will rave on…when appropriate.