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GIUSEPPE PENNISI vists the 2012 Tyrol Festival
for new productions of 'Lohengrin' and 'Tosca'

 

The 2012 program of the Tyrol Festival was anticipated here a few weeks ago [read Two Celebrations, 30 June 2012] and a full report was provided on the 2011 edition [read Wagner in the Alps, 20 July 2011]. There was a special reason to visit the festival and the small rural village of Erl this year: the Vienna daily Standard music critic rated the inaugural production, Wagner's Lohengrin, as the best performance of this masterpiece in the last twenty years, both musically and dramaturgically.

Before discussing the 20 July 2012 performance of Lohengrin, it is useful to underline a few features of the festival. It extends through the full month of July with five operas (Lohengrin, Tristan und Isolde, Parsifal, Tannhäuser and Tosca -- all rather important stuff); six orchestral concerts; six chamber music concerts; and six lieder concerts)...

Copyright © 28 July 2012 Giuseppe Pennisi,
Rome, Italy

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AUSTRIA

RICHARD WAGNER

LOHENGRIN

GIACOMO PUCCINI

TOSCA

ANDREA SILVESTRELLI

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

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