Frank Castorf’s staggeringly intelligent, symbol-laden Bayreuth Das Rheingold is revived on DG Stage

GermanyGermany Wagner, Das Rheingold: Soloists, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra / Marek Janowski (conductor). 2016 performance from the Bayreuth Festspielhaus and reviewed when streamed on DG Stage. (CC)

Iain Paterson (Wotan) & Nadine Weissmann (Erda)
(c) Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele

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Ideally Cast Last Outing for Katharina Wagner’s Bayreuth Tristan und Isolde Led by Stefan Vinke and Petra Lang

Georg Zeppenfeld (Marke), Petra Lang (Isolde) and Christa Mayer (Brangäne)
(c) Enrico Nawrath/Bayreuther Festspiele)

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2019 [4]Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 16.8.2019. (JPr)

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Bychkov’s Masterly Control of the Remarkable Bayreuth Festival Orchestra is the Glory of this Parsifal

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2019 [3] -Wagner, ParsifalSoloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival / Semyon Bychkov (conductor). Festspielhaus, Bayreuth, 15.8.2019. (JPr)

Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal)
(c) Bayreuther Festspiele/Enrico Nawrath

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Petra Lang (c) Ann Weitz, Düsseldorf

To admirers of great singing Petra Lang needs little introduction because of her superb performances on the world’s leading opera stages and concert platforms. In recent years, especially, she has brought the audiences at the annual Bayreuth Festival to their feet to acclaim her wonderful portrayals of Ortrud (review click here) and Isolde (review click here). Seen and Heard was delighted when Petra Lang agreed to answer our questions to look back – amongst much else – at how she began as a singer, who gave her advice along the way, a singer’s life, her thoughts on the roles she has sung and the colleagues she has worked with, as well as, her own advice for young singers.

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This Year’s ‘Wagner für Kinder’ at Bayreuth was Der Ring des Nibelungen

GermanyGermany Bayreuth Festival 2018 [6] – ‘Wagner für Kinder’Der Ring des Nibelungen: Soloists, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt (Oder) / Azis Sadikovic (conductor), Probebühne IV auf der Parkseite des Festspielgeländes, Bayreuth, 31.7.2018. (JPr)

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