Spiegelgrund: An Opera by Peter Androsch streamed this Friday on

Spiegelgrund: An Opera by Peter Androsch

Vienna, Austria   17:00 GMT +1 Friday, 25 January 2013 (World Premiere) via

Slipped disc:

A chamber opera on the Nazi euthanasia of 790 sick or disabled children in a Vienna hospital will be performed this Friday, ahead of International Holocaust Day, at the Austrian Parliament and streamed live on the internet at 1700 GMT.


Quebec tenor stages ‘vocal cord strike’

Mr. Hervieux you have my full support! The tenor voices his opinion against replacing actual singers on posters plastered around the city for the purposes of advertising the opera. Here’s the relevant piece of news:

The Opéra de Montréal is set to stage Die Fledermaus on Jan. 26, but the singer the company bills as “the prince of Quebec tenors,” Marc Hervieux, is refusing to sing during rehearsals, which began this week.

Hervieux says he is on a “vocal cord strike,” upset with the posters advertising Johann Strauss II’s Viennese operetta, known in French as La Chauve-Souris and in English as The Bat.

The advertising poster for the Opéra de Montréal’s production of Die Fledermaus, or La Chauve-Souris. (Opéra de Montréal)

The company’s advertising campaign for this season features models instead of performers.

“If you don’t know a lot about opera, you see this poster of this beautiful girl or this beautiful guy,” says Hervieux. “When you buy your ticket, suddenly, where is this beautiful guy?”

via Quebec tenor stages ‘vocal cord strike’ – Arts & Entertainment – CBC News.

It is my deep conviction that the glamorizing of the opera, and more broadly speaking in the arts (theatre, cinema etc.) is doing nobody any good. Maybe I am old fashioned but I want to see real people on stage, in all shapes and sizes – because it is only by real people (and not photoshopped models) can emotions be truly and deeply expressed – their bodies do, too, tell a story. And please do not get me wrong – I have nothing against good-looking people – I just think that in the theatre there’s a place for every kind of human being with his or her own story to tell, also through the body.

BBC Radio 3 to broadcast every opera by Wagner, Verdi and Britten in 2013

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast every opera by Wagner, Verdi and Britten throughout 2013 – 140 hours of music – in celebration of the composers’ anniversary years. The station will broadcast recordings and live performances from opera houses including The Met, Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Vienna State Opera, La Scala and from the Aldeburgh Festival on Saturday’s ‘Opera on 3’ and Thursday’s ‘Afternoon on 3 Opera Matinee’ slots.

via BBC Radio 3 to broadcast every opera by Wagner, Verdi and Britten in 2013 |