Letter from Salzburg 4: Ariodante

How can a baroque opera from 1734 be squared with 21st Century sensibilities? That was the challenge for director Christof Loy in staging Handel’s Ariodante. Fortunately, he had available the formidable resources of the Salzburg Festival and the estimable...

Letter from Salzburg 3: Wozzeck

One the most eagerly awaited productions of the 2017 Salzburg Festival season was Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, staged by the South African artist and stage director William Kentridge.  Coincident with this new production was an exhibit of his work at the Museum der...

Johann Mayr – Missa in C justly revived

Johann Simon Mayr wrote almost 70 operas over 600 sacred works. Only a few have been performed since his death in 1845. Based on the quality of the music in this new release, it’s not the quality of the compositions. “One recognizes the hand of the master in...