Larry Bakst

I made my career in German theaters for more than 25 years. I sang in over 50 different theaters in virtually every region of that country. Productions based in German theaters took him three times on tours of Japan, twice around the world, and to engagements in Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Rome, Madrid, among many others.

Easter Alert

There are 5 major breaks each year when schools are closed and many people take part or all of the six weeks of yearly vacation. They are listed as Schulferien and are very much like our vacations. They are:  Herbstferien (Fall vacation), Weihnachtsferien (Christmas vacation),  Winterferien (Winter vacation), Osterferien (Easter vacation), and the biggie, Sommerferien …

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Persistence, Patience, & The Pandemic: An American Soprano’s Journey to Her European Debut

Heather Phillips in rehearsal for Bianca e Falliero at Oper Frankfurt: Photo Credit Karoly Risz Hello OperGermany readers,  My name is Heather Phillips. I am an American opera singer, about to make my European Operatic debut in a new production at Oper Frankfurt in the soprano title role of Rossini’s Bianca e Falliero. My path to …

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ZAV: München

They tell me they’re holding auditions but have such a backlog that they can’t schedule new singers until early next year, especially singers coming from outside Germany. I think the best time to write them for an audition slot is early or mid-November, in line with their pre-pandemic lead time of three months. It looks …

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Report From Germany

Theaters, performers and private agents are off of life support and hopeful that progress will continue. Performances are happening and being planned, although the particulars vary depending on the Bundesland or country. Austria, for instance, had full houses for the festivals at Salzburg, Bregenz and Erl and public health measures seem to be working under …

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Floods

“Apparently the Wuppertal theater is under water”—a Telegram message from a friend.. First, it must be said that theaters are far from the worst news from the recent floods. Peoplehave died and towns have been destroyed. Our hearts go out to them. Recovery and rebuildingwill be a huge job. It’s my old theater and it’s …

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SOMMER FERIEN

Summertime is Vacation time. Schools are out and theaters close. Germans, who take their vacations very seriously, take a substantial portion of their six weeks annual vacation during this time so things slow down considerably. Like so many aspects of German life there’s an official system and once you know how to find the information …

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