NPR logo Ludwig’s Links: What Would Beethoven Read This Week? Oct. 1, 2010

Ludwig’s Links: What Would Beethoven Read This Week? Oct. 1, 2010

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It was a bit of a turbulent week in the classical music world — strikes, resignations, and a gargantuan opera set have everyone buzzing.

  • Bridge to nowhere: The set fails at the Metropolitan Opera’s new production of Das Rheingold, leaving the gods stranded onstage when they should have been crossing a magic rainbow bridge to Valhalla.
  • But is the new Rheingold worth it? David Byrne is flabbergasted by the cost of the state-funded production, but Alex Ross thinks the artistic merit outweighs the $16 million price tag. Judith Dobrzynski responds to Ross.
  • Baghdad in D Minor: Chris Hondros’ pictures of Iraq are paired with Bach’s music in a haunting live performance.
  • Domingo Bids Farewell to Washington: Tenor Placido Domingo will not renew his contract as general director with Washington National Opera, while staying on in the same position at the LA Opera until 2013. He also found the time to premiere Daniel Catan’s risqué new opera, Il Postino.
  • Failed Negotiations: The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will go on strike Oct. 4, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • Trouble for the New York Phil: First they get un-invited from performing in the Republic of Georgia— then their director steps down. Philip Boroff has the story.