An Afternoon Walküre at the MET

  The Metropolitan Opera is currently presenting Wagner's Ring, and the return of the Robert...

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The Bayreuth Festival 2018

It’s that time of the year, when that midsummer classic the Bayreuth Festival begins once...

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Herrmann and Wagner

In this podcast, we explore the link between the musical score of Alfred Hitchcock’s...

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Parsifal at the Metropolitan Opera - 2018

When Parsifal is playing in town at the Metropolitan Opera it is a not-to-be-missed event....

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Wagner's Christmas

The Christmas season does not usually bring to mind the music of Richard Wagner, but it should,...

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Halloween with the Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman (Der fliegende Holländer) is Richard Wagner’s answer to Halloween.  The...

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Bayreuth Summer Artists

My journey to Bayreuth this summer was filled with so many great performers by a host of very...

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A Tribute to Tannhäuser

After so many years of doing these podcasts I realized that I had never done a program dedicated...

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The Silenced Voices of Bayreuth

Currently at the Bayreuth Festival there is an exhibit called “Silenced Voices.”  It...

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Vincent and Francis visit Bayreuth

During these uncertain days, when the whole world seems to be enveloped by confusion, war, and...

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René Pape at the Festspielhaus

It’s been seven years since my last podcast. During that time many wonderful things...

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Bayreuth 2010: Of Rats and Men and Lohengrin

No stranger to controversy these days The Bayreuth Festival opened at the end of July with a new...

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Bayreuth 2007: Katharina's Meistersinger

The Bayreuth Festival opened with a much anticipated production of Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg...

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Toscanini at Salzburg: The 1936 Meistersinger

Arturo Toscanini was the most sought-after conductor in the 1930's. He became the first Italian...

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Richard Wagner: Before the Operas

Richard Wagner composed his Symphony in C Major at the age of nineteen. It is clearly the work of...

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Adrianne Pieczonka & Ben Heppner in Concert

For many opera lovers around the world, Canadian soprano Adrianne Pieczonka became a household...

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In Memoriam: Astrid Varnay (1918-2006)

On September of this year, soprano Astrid Varnay died in Munich, Germany. She was one of the...

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Bayreuth Festival 2006: Götterdämmerung

This performance of Götterdämmerung brings to a close the new production of the Der Ring des...

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Bayreuth Festival 2006: Siegfried

One of the delights of the past two Bayreuth Festivals was listening to tenor Stephen Gould...

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Bayreuth Festival 2006: Die Walküre

 At this year's Bayreuth Festival, one thing is certain: the new production of the Ring is...

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