On Friday, Nicolas McGegan opened his penultimate season at the venerable Händel Festival in Göttingen (rather unexcitingly, according to the Frankfurter Rundschau) with "Tamerlano." But La Scala's planned opening of "Rheingold" under Barenboim -- the start of the company's first Ring since 1963, according to Opera Chic -- was delayed until Sunday by a strike. While Barenboim was away, Simon Rattle made a (relatively rare) opera appearance in Berlin, conducting Chabrier's "L'Etoile" at the Staatsoper with his wife, Magdalena Kozena, and Jean-Paul Fouchecourt. It's the last premiere of the season, after which the theater will be shuttered for three and a half years of renovations. (The Staatsoper will camp out in the premises of the defunct Schiller Theater in the interim.) Stay tuned for reviews.
Edited to add: Opera Chic posts some of the first feedback on the Scala Rheingold: withering criticism from the Corriere della Sera. Germany's Die Welt, however, praised it, and the Süddeutsche Zeitung loved it (sorry, no link).
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