jeudi 28 octobre 2010

C'est Strehler qu'on assassine ?

French TV will broadcast on November 3rd the revival of the ultra-famous Strehler - Solti 's production of Mozart's Nozze di Figaro. Cast looks strong and the excellent P Jordan will conduct (being the Opera's artistic director, he should have more rehearsal time than what he had at the Met in 2007.)

Every French Opera-lover of my generation has marveled at what was one of the most distinguished and loved production at the Paris Opera under the Liebermann area. It ended his regime in a televised performance with Solti returning to conduct with the likes of Janowitz, Popp, Von Stade, Van Dam, Bacquier, Moll. I was there and will always remember

In the following blog from colleague Ionarts, Gérard Mortier is blamed for having auctioned the original costumes  and burned the sets. This production therefore is the result of the work to recreate the conditions of the premiere.

I loved but really loved this production and was not convinced by Mortier's replacement production by the team of  Cambreling - Marthaler (whose work on Wozzeck or Katya was much stronger). This being said, I feel that Mortier's gesture is not without merits: despite best efforts by the French team, the revivals of Strehler's staging have not aged well and they feel uncharacterized compared to the originals.

By attempting to prevent further revivals, is not Mortier trying to tell us that proposing to audiences a "Strehler - production" is a fallacy ? Is not he actually the one more faithful to the spirit of the Italian director ?

(note for readers, this title is a variation on the famous French novel by G Cesbron ...)

dimanche 10 octobre 2010


I was last week in Boston and attended Mahler's Second with Levine and the BSO. Review is here.

There are still rumors of contracts not yet renewed for 2012 ... but what a performance. It speaks volumes on where the musicians heart is.

dimanche 3 octobre 2010

Bad news from Paris

Have a look at these bad news.

Not only is there no need for an extra hall in Paris. This project is just not going well and is likely to run into cost and expense overrun.

Once again at the risk of repeating myself, Paris has Pleyel and the Theatre des Champs-Elysees as well as Gaveau as well the Cité de la Musique as well as Bastille and Garnier as well as the Opera-Comique. Pleyel in particular has been redone several years ago and has a very good sound. These halls are also well

If the State wants to promote music, why not reassign the Theatre du Chatelet to classical music as it was in the time of Lissner and Brossman ?

Sorry for the genuine rant but what a waste