NYT Review: Opera lovers, make a pilgrimage to Munich for Tannhäuser

A scene from the opera Tannhäuser, directed and designed by Romeo Castellucci. Credit Wilfried Hösl.

A scene from the opera Tannhäuser, directed and designed by Romeo Castellucci. Credit Wilfried Hösl.

MUNICH — “Nach Rom!” the cast of Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” cries at the end of that opera’s second act, pressing the title character to make the Catholic pilgrimage to Rome and save his troubled soul.

I’d give it a new spin: “Nach München!” Opera lovers, get thee to Munich. Listening to “Tannhäuser,” which opened at the Bavarian State Opera here on Sunday, in a new production directed and designed by the provocative theater artist Romeo Castellucci, will convince you that you’ve verily been saved. I can’t say whether hearing this performance — and I mean hearing it, since the staging adds little to the purely musical experience — will secure your place in heaven, but I guarantee your faith in opera’s vitality will be renewed. Read more »

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