Author Archives: Ivis

My first Christmas in Austria

A special throwback Thursday: My first Christmas in Austria Some of you know I keep traditions from my time in Fieberbrunn and Munich at Christmas. Last summer, while poking around in some files, I discovered that I’d written down a … Continue reading

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Back to Munich: The Arrival! (Die Ankunft)

When June 19 arrived and it was actually time to begin my trip to Munich, I was more than a little worried. What would it be like to go back there after so long? Would I be able to speak … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Darkness. Bayerische Staatsoper’s Il Trovatore

Three weeks ago, I was sitting excitedly in my seat at the Bavarian State Opera, waiting for Verdi’s Il Trovatore to begin. All four performances in this short run during the summer Opernfestspiele (Opera Festival) had been sold out for … Continue reading

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Munich and Me

Since I’m going back to Munich for the first time since 1992 (!) I thought it might be fun to explain my relationship to this city which holds so many wonderful memories for me. In 1968 I had a semester … Continue reading

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Parsifalling: I fell for the Met’s Parsifal (part the first)

I call this “Parsifalling” because I certainly have fallen completely under the spell of that wily wizard Wagner. The music I loved first, but always found the story problematic. This production’s cast, direction, conducting, choreography, design–everything, really–moved me, excited me, … Continue reading

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Parsifal Pilgrimage

This time last week, I was coming home to Durham after an amazing trip to New York. It’s taken me until now to have time to blog about it, but the trip has never been out of my thoughts for … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour: Parsifal dress rehearsal

What an incredible two days! Although I lost a day at the beginning to blizzicane Nemo, I had the most amazing time at the final dress rehearsal for the Met Opera’s new production of Parsifal. As you can imagine it … Continue reading

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