Critical condition

Reactions to the Royal Opera’s production of Die tote Stadt are slowly starting to roll in; some have been favorable, others not so much.

As I read through that second group of reviews I kept thinking about Hugo Wolf’s “Abschied,” the very last song in the marvelous set of Mörike-Lieder. The poem tells of a man who is visited quite unexpectedly one evening by a critic.

I’ll let Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Gerald Moore take it from there…



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2 responses to “Critical condition

  1. mbg530

    I recently heard that the Royal Opera was producing Die Tote Stadt and was so pleased that you pointed to some reviews of the work. Although I’m only familiar with the 2001 production by The Opera National Du Rhin, I find the opera powerful in many ways. I remember hearing a recording of Mariettas Lied many years ago and only then became interested in Korngold. Now, I often find myself drawn to his music as to no other. Because the the Royal Opera’s production and your sharing information about it, I’m planning to do some catch up and and watch the DVD I have with renewed interest. I also know I’d love to see other productions of the opera and hope that becomes possible. Perhaps an American company someday soon. Thanks for sharing on your excellent site.

    • drammapermusica

      New York City Opera mounted a production of Die tote Stadt back in the fall of 2006, and San Francisco Opera staged it last year. If you’re up for a trip to Washington, DC, the Summer Opera Theater Company will be presenting it on June 14, 18, and 22. Otherwise, all of the other performances I’ve found for the next couple of years are in Europe.

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