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April 26, 2005
Daily Variety
Army Archerd
Good Morning: You will not see two naked Ladies on the Stage
at the Los Angeles Opera in Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,”
During Monday’s first “Rosenkavalier” rehearsal with director Max Schell, Edgar Baitzel artistic director assured me a production by the L.A. Opera would always be “of the highest taste,” but the ad by production designer Gottfried Helnwein would give potential audiences “something to think about.”
Army Archerd
Just for Variety
GOOD MORNING:
“You will not see two naked ladies on the stage” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier,” Edgar Baitzel, artistic director of the L.A. Opera told me. A poster - of two ladies caressing - for the production bowing May 29 appeared for the first time Sunday. During Monday’s first “Rosenkavalier” rehearsal with director Max Schell, Baitzel assured me a production by the L.A. Opera would always be “of the highest taste,” but the ad by production designer Gottfried Helnwein would give potential audiences “something to think about.”
Schell is back on this stage where he triumphantly directed “Lohengrin.” Daily Variety’s Alan Rich wrote, “With this ‘Lohengrin,’ L.A. Opera may be on a roll.” Schell is as enthusiastic as ever, saying designer Helnwein and choreographer Johann Kresnik “are doing this production as a favor to me.” Schell heads back to play “Einstein” for ARD-TV and to Vienna to direct the feature “Beethoven” with Placido Domingo…




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