BAYREUTH 2019 – Always good for surprises

by Dr. Kyriakos P. Loukakos, music critic Honorary President of the Greek Drama and Music Critics’ Union (established 1928) Trivialized Tannhäuser of considerable...

ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL 2018 – TOWARDS KNOWN AND UNKNOWN REGIONS

By Dr. Kyriakos P. Loukakos, Hon. President of Hellenic Drama and Music Critics’ Union It is by no coincidence that we chose to entitle this...
Walkure Bayreuth Festival 2018

BAYREUTH 2018 – INTERESTING DEBUTS AND SAD FAREWELLS

By Dr. Kyriakos P. Loukakos, Honorary President of the Hellenic Drama and Music Critics Union Die Walküre ovvero Ein Plädoyer für Domingo           It was...

Festival Nová dráma in Bratislava – About its 2018 issue and around it

by Dr. Kyriakos P. Loukakos, Hon. President of the Greek drama and Music Critics Union   For a concentrated period of its 4 central days we...

BAYREUTH FESTIVAL 2017 – AT L(E)AST NO SCANDALS!

by Kyriakos P. Loukakos Foreword      Alongside reporting about the abundant flow of prominent guests, including not only seasoned Wagnerite Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and her...

2nd MOLYVOS INTERNATIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

German efficiency and Greek enthusiasm join forces by Kyriakos P. Loukakos             Many among us have nurtured the supposition that German soprano Marlis Petersen, one of the...

PESARO 2016 – NEW FACES IN ROF AT THE BARBER’S 200th ANNIVERSARY

by Kyriakos P. Loukakos                  As we put these lines on paper our mind and heart follow the indescribable lute for the many victims and...

ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL 2015 ON TO THE FUTURE

by Kyriakos P. Loukakos        With 3 major operatic ventures announced for its 2016 edition, i.e. La donna del Lago, Il Turco in Italia and...

BAYREUTH FESTIVAL 2015 (Mostly) Variations on black and grey

by Kyriakos P. Loukakos The instructive power of a random trilogy After having attended, in summer 2014, a disconcerting Ring cycle by Frank Castorff,  the rather...

BAYREUTH 2014: THE CASTORF RING AND ITS ISSUES

by Kyriakos Loukakos         It is always a special occasion being in Bayreuth. The 72,576 (2009) inhabitants “festival and university” capital of Upper Franconia has...

ECCOCI (ANCORA) IN PESARO

by Kyriakos Loukakos         After intensive traveling in a matter of hours via Nürnberg, Munich, Athens, Venice and Bologna, the passage from Bayreuth’s Wagnerian oddities...

ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL 2013: ASSURED AND EXALTANT

ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL 2013: ASSURED AND EXALTANT by Kyriakos Loukakos One has only to note the press book foreword by Sovrintendente Gianfranco Mariotti in order to...