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Anna Bolena in Lisbon

Donizetti’s Anna Bolena, composed in 1830, didn’t make it to Lisbon until 1843 when there were 14 performances at its magnificent Teatro São Carlos (opened 1793), and there were 17 more performances spread over the next two decades. The entire twentieth century saw but three (3) performances in this European capital.

Oh, What a Night in San Jose

It is difficult to know where to begin to praise the stunning achievement of Opera San Jose’s West Coast premiere of Silent Night.

Billy Budd in Madrid

Like Carmen, Billy Budd is an operatic personage of such breadth and depth that he becomes unique to everyone. This signals that there is no Billy Budd (or Carmen) who will satisfy everyone. And like Carmen, Billy Budd may be indestructible because the opera will always mean something to someone.

A riveting Nixon in China at the Concertgebouw

American composer John Adams turns 70 this year. By way of celebration no less than seven concerts in this season’s NTR ZaterdagMatinee series feature works by Adams, including this concert version of his first opera, Nixon in China.

English song: shadows and reflections

Despite the freshness, passion and directness, and occasional wry quirkiness, of many of the works which formed this lunchtime recital at the Wigmore Hall - given by mezzo-soprano Kathryn Rudge, pianist James Baillieu and viola player Guy Pomeroy - a shadow lingered over the quiet nostalgia and pastoral eloquence of the quintessentially ‘English’ works performed.

A charming Pirates of Penzance revival at ENO

'Nobody does Gilbert and Sullivan anymore.’ This was the comment from many of my friends when I mentioned the revival of Mike Leigh's 2015 production of The Pirates of Penzance at English National Opera (ENO). Whilst not completely true (English Touring Opera is doing Patience next month), this reflects the way performances of G&S have rather dropped out of the mainstream. That Leigh's production takes the opera on its own terms and does not try to send it up, made it doubly welcome.

A Relevant Madama Butterfly

On Feb 3, 2017, Arizona Opera presented Giacomo Puccini’s dramatic opera Madama Butterfly. Sandra Lopez was the naive fifteen-year-old who falls hopelessly in love with the American Naval Officer.

Johan Reuter sings Brahms with Wiener Philharmoniker

In the last of my three day adventure, I headed to Vienna for the Wiener Philharmoniker at the Musikverein (my first time!) for Mahler and Brahms.

Gatti and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Head to Asia

In Amsterdam legend Janine Jansen and the seventh Principal Conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw, Daniele Gatti, came together for their first engagement in a ravishing performance of Berg’s Violin Concerto.

Verdi’s Requiem with the Berliner Philharmoniker

I extravagantly scheduled hearing the Berliner, Concertgebouw Orchestra, and Wiener Philharmoniker, to hear these three top orchestra perform their series programmes opening the New Year.

Jeanne d'Arc au bûcher in Lyon

There is no bigger or more prestigious name in avant-garde French theater than Romeo Castellucci (b. 1960), the Italian metteur en scène of this revival of Arthur Honegger’s mystère lyrique, Joan of Arc at the Stake (1938) at the Opéra Nouvel in Lyon.

A New Look at Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio

On January 28, 2017, Los Angeles Opera premiered James Robinson’s nineteen twenties production of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, which places the story on the Orient Express. Since Abduction is a work with spoken dialogue like The Magic Flute, the cast sang their music in German and spoke their lines in English.

Giasone in Geneva

Fecund Jason, father of his wife Isifile’s twins and as well father of his seductress Medea’s twins, does indeed have a problem — he prefers to sleep with and wed Medea. In this resurrection of the most famous opera of the seventeenth century he evidently also sleeps with Hercules.

Falstaff in Genoa

A Falstaff that raised-the-bar ever higher, this was a posthumous resurrection of Luca Ronconi’s masterful staging of Verdi’s last opera, the third from last of the 83 operas Ronconi staged during his lifetime (1933-2015). And his third staging of Falstaff following Salzburg in 1993 and Florence in 2006.

Traviata in Seattle

One of Aidan Lang’s first initiatives as artistic director of Seattle Opera was to encourage his board to formulate a “mission statement” for the fifty-year old company. The document produced was clear, simple, and anodyne. Seattle Opera would aim above all to create work appealing both to the emotions and reason of the audience.

When Performance Gets Political: A Brooklyn Concert Benefiting the ACLU

What’s an artist’s place in politics? That’s the question many were asking after actress Meryl Streep made a pointed speech criticizing President Trump at the Golden Globes. Trump responded directly to Streep, using his preferred communication medium of Twitter to call Streep “overrated.”

Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part II: Kasper Holten’s angelic Lohengrin

Contrary to Stolzi’s multidimensional Parsifal, Holten’s simple setting of Lohengrin felt timeless with its focus on the drama between characters. Premiering in 2012, nothing too flashy and with a clever twist,

Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part I: Stölzl’s Psychedelic Parsifal

Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB) consistently serves up superlatively sung Wagner productions. This Fall, its productions of Philipp Stölzl's Parsifal and Kasper Holten's Lohengrin offered intoxicating musical affairs. Annette Dasch, Klaus Florian Vogt, and Peter Seiffert reached for the stars. Even when it comes down to last minute replacements, the casting is topnotch.

Donna abbandonata: Temple Song Series

Donna abbandonata would have been a good title for the first concert of Temple Music’s 2017 Song Series. Indeed, mezzo-soprano Christine Rice seems to be making a habit of playing abandoned women.

Fortepiano Schubert : Wigmore Hall

The Wigmore Hall complete Schubert song series continued with a recital by Georg Nigl and Andreas Staier. Staier's a pioneer, promoting the use of fortepiano in Schubert song. In Schubert's time, modern concert pianos didn't exist. Schubert and his contemporaries would have been familiar with a lighter, brighter sound. Over the last 30 years, we've come to better understand Schubert and his world through the insights Staier has given us. His many performances, frequently with Christoph Prégardien at the Wigmore Hall, have always been highlights.


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23 Dec 2016

The nature of narropera?

How many singers does it take to make an opera? There are single-role operas - Schönberg’s Erwartung (1924) and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies (1969) spring immediately to mind - and there are operas that just require a pair of performers, such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart i Salieri (1897) or How many singers does it take to make an opera? There are single-role operas - Schönberg’s Erwartung (1924) and Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies (1969) spring immediately to mind - and there are operas that just require a pair of performers, such as Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart i Salieri (1897) or The Telephone by Menotti (1947). The Telephone by Menotti (1947).  »

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08 Sep 2005

Peter Schreier and András Schiff in Budapest

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07 Sep 2005

Simone Young's Debut

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05 Sep 2005

Die Presse Interviews Welser-Möst

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29 Aug 2005

Vivaldi and the chorus of unwanted children

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29 Aug 2005

Edinburgh reports: slow burn gives sumptuous results

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/29/bmbrewer29.xml »

29 Aug 2005

Simone Young Plans Four Britten Operas in Hamburg

http://www.wams.de/data/2005/08/28/766533.html »

29 Aug 2005

Pamela Rosenberg Goes to Berlin

http://www.welt.de/data/2005/08/29/767085.html »

26 Aug 2005

Fidelio, KlangBogen Wien

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/ac687fc0-15cd-11da-8085-00000e2511c8.html »

24 Aug 2005

Mercadante's Pelagio in Gijón

http://www.lne.es/secciones/noticia.jsp?pIdNoticia=321076&pIdSeccion=35&pNumEjemplar=1010 »

24 Aug 2005

Masaaki Suzuki in Tokyo

http://www.zeit.de/2005/34/Masaaki_Suzuki »

24 Aug 2005

Celebrating Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau's 80th at Salzburger Felsenreitschule

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=k&ressort=ke&id=501560 »

23 Aug 2005

La Traviata and Mazeppa at Salzburg

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1554371,00.html »

22 Aug 2005

Rossini's Adelaide di Borgogna at Edinburgh

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1553696,00.html »

22 Aug 2005

Caballé Backs Out of Pelagio Production

http://www.elcomerciodigital.com/pg050821/prensa/noticias/Sociedad/200508/21/GIJ-SOC-120.html »

21 Aug 2005

Sir John and Me

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/20/bmweek20.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/20/ixartleft.html »

21 Aug 2005

Honoring Franz Schreker

http://www.nysun.com/article/18876 »

20 Aug 2005

The Guardian Profiles Sir Charles Mackerras

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/features/story/0,11710,1552655,00.html »

20 Aug 2005

Renovating The Bolshoi

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/stdn/std/Weekend/GH20Jp05.html »

20 Aug 2005

Discovering Rossini in Pesaro

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/7b50f154-104d-11da-bd5c-00000e2511c8.html »

19 Aug 2005

La Clemenza di Tito at Edinburgh

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1551110,00.html »

19 Aug 2005

Daily Telegraph Interviews Franz Welser-Möst

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/18/bmfranz18.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/18/ixartright.html »

19 Aug 2005

On Melodrama

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/fridayreview/story/0,12102,1551527,00.html »

18 Aug 2005

Cecilia Bartoli in Salzburg

http://www.nysun.com/article/18725 »

18 Aug 2005

Iolanta at Royal Albert Hall

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1550550,00.html »

18 Aug 2005

The Mariinsky on the Skids?

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16295766%255E16947,00.html »

17 Aug 2005

Motezuma Judgment Overruled on Appeal

http://www.wz-newsline.de/sro.php?redid=90772 »

16 Aug 2005

Handel's Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne

http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/20050816.FIG0086.html?093816 »

16 Aug 2005

Die Gezeichneten at Salzburg

http://www.newyorker.com/critics/music/?050822crmu_music »

16 Aug 2005

Mitridate, Re di Ponto at Salzburg

http://www.nysun.com/article/18640 »

16 Aug 2005

Candide in San Francisco

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/08/16/DDG2JE781S1.DTL »

12 Aug 2005

Der lustige Krieg at Bregenz

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11 Aug 2005

Honoring Karl Hartmann

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/11/bmhart11.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/11/ixartleft.html »

11 Aug 2005

Nielsen's Maskarade at Bregenz

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/03f689d8-093c-11da-880b-00000e2511c8.html »

10 Aug 2005

Another Vivaldi Work Discovered

http://www.theage.com.au/news/reviews/vivaldi-dixit-dominus/2005/08/09/1123353312408.html »

10 Aug 2005

Musical Lies

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2005/08/10/bacol10.xml&sSheet=/arts/2005/08/10/ixartright.html »

10 Aug 2005

Golijov's Aindamar at Santa Fe

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/80e72116-093a-11da-880b-00000e2511c8.html »

09 Aug 2005

Le Figaro Discovers Mörbisch Festival on the Lake

http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/20050809.FIG0140.html?091809 »

09 Aug 2005

A Double Bill at Glimmerglass

http://www.syracuse.com/entertainment/poststandard/index.ssf?/base/entertainment-0/112357669848680.xml&coll=1 »

09 Aug 2005

The Ring in Seattle

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/classical/235708_ring09q.html »

09 Aug 2005

Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1541990,00.html »

07 Aug 2005

Barber's Vanessa in Central City

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/38aaa7c4-054d-11da-97da-00000e2511c8.html »

05 Aug 2005

Conductor Riccardo Muti Discusses Mozart, La Scala Squabble

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000088&sid=aTMZwiVgOs8c&refer=culture »

05 Aug 2005

Jennifer Larmore in Chicago

http://www.suntimes.com/output/entertainment/cst-ftr-grant05.html »

05 Aug 2005

Boris Godunov at Covent Garden

http://www.guardian.co.uk/arts/reviews/story/0,11712,1541186,00.html »

03 Aug 2005

Renovations underway at the Wiener Staatsoper

Main stage of Wiener Staatsoper undergoing decennial renovations. (Photo: Gary Hoffman)... »

03 Aug 2005

Britten's Paul Bunyan at Central City

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/f251707a-040a-11da-a775-00000e2511c8.html »

03 Aug 2005

La Voix Humaine at Glimmerglass

http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112302089510903059,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep »

02 Aug 2005

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Munich

http://www.merkur-online.de/nachrichten/kultur/kunstakt/art282,419883.html »

02 Aug 2005

Mitridate, Re di Ponto and The Magic Flute at Salzburg

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/02/arts/music/02moza.html »

15 Jul 2005

HGO Introduces Anthony Freud

http://www.houstongrandopera.org/press/press_releases.aspx?PressReleaseID=115 »

14 Jul 2005

Turandot at Liceu

http://actualidad.terra.es/cultura/articulo/liceu_turandot_puccini_402344.htm »

14 Jul 2005

Festspiel Baden-Baden Begins Tchaikovsky Series with The Sorceress

http://www.stuttgarter-nachrichten.de/stn/page/detail.php/954710 »

13 Jul 2005

The Highpoint of Festivals Styriarte

http://www.diepresse.com/Artikel.aspx?channel=k&ressort=ke&id=494355 »

13 Jul 2005

Aix-en-Provence

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/8fe829ec-f271-11d9-8e69-00000e2511c8.html »

12 Jul 2005

Text of decision in Motezuma dispute

http://www.operatoday.com/documents/Motezuma.pdf »

12 Jul 2005

Sing-Akademie Issues Press Release

http://www.sing-akademie.de/20050711.htm »

11 Jul 2005

Sing-Akademie Prevails

http://www.rp-online.de/public/article/dtoday/news/aktuell/97673 »

04 Jul 2005

Conti's Don Quichotte at Festival de Musique Baroque de Beaune

Ouvert vendredi soir par l’Alcina de Haendel, le festival de Beaune, qui accueille la crème des ensembles baroques jusqu’à la fin du mois, fait événement samedi avec la création française du Don Chisciotte signé, en 1719 à Vienne, par le Florentin Francesco Bartolomeo Conti, virtuose du théorbe et compositeur attitré de la cour de Charles-VI de Habsbourg. Le chef et musicologue René Jacobs a découvert cette partition il y a quinze ans, et l’a déjà donnée à Innsbruck il y a douze ans, dans des décors de Roland Topor. Il fait le point sur la version du concert qu’il dirige dans la cour des Hospices de Beaune, prélude à une nouvelle production au festival d’Innsbruck en août. »

04 Jul 2005

CNN Interviews Tony Hall

http://edition.cnn.com/2005/BUSINESS/07/01/boardroom.hall »

26 Jun 2005

A New Mariinsky

http://www.sptimesrussia.com/archive/times/1081/features/a_16107.htm »

26 Jun 2005

Merkur Interviews Diana Damrau

Wo sie auftritt, bezaubert sie das Publikum. So auch das Münchner Opernpublikum und unsere Leser, die Diana Damrau in diesem Jahr den Merkur-Theaterpreis zugesprochen haben. Eine Sängerin der Extraklasse. Auch ohne gigantische Vermarktungsmaschinerie hat sich die Günzburgerin an die internationale Spitze gesungen. »

26 Jun 2005

Tan Dun Arrives at the Met

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/26/arts/music/26lips.html »

24 Jun 2005

40th Season at Saratoga Performing Arts Center

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/24/arts/dance/24sara.html »

24 Jun 2005

A Profile of James Conlon

http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0624/p12s02-almp.html »

19 Jun 2005

Cabell Wins Cardiff Singer of the World 2005

http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaselector/check/broadband/mediawrapper/consoles/wales_singer05?redirect=console.shtml&nbram=1&bbram=1 »

19 Jun 2005

Renata Scotto — Teacher

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/19/arts/music/19gure.html »

16 Jun 2005

David Gockley on Selling Tickets

When David Gockley became business manager at the Houston Grand Opera in 1970, the company, like most regional troupes in the U.S. at the time, was doing “instant opera.” “There was a guy in north Jersey who had acquired all these old painted drops from Europe,” Mr. Gockley recalls. “He would rent out a generic ‘Tosca’ or ‘Trovatore.’ They came in bags — you stretched the drops on frames.” There was no rehearsal period — singers arrived, performed and left. Mr. Gockley became HGO’s general director in 1972 and immediately changed all that. One of his first productions was “The Marriage of Figaro,” with specially designed sets, a director, and a three-week rehearsal period. “We had a nice cast, including the young Frederica von Stade as Cherubino,” says Mr. Gockley. It cost more than instant opera, but it paid off. »

14 Jun 2005

Vivaldi's Motezuma Restored

ROTTERDAM, the Netherlands, June 12 – Antonio Vivaldi returned to his hometown, Venice, early in 1733, eager to reclaim his place as the Venetian republic’s most popular composer. During his five-year absence, younger Naples-trained musicians had come to the fore with their own “dramas with music,” but now, at 55, Vivaldi was ready to take them on with a daringly modern opera inspired by Hernán Cortés’s conquest of the Aztecs. »

13 Jun 2005

The Fanny-Hensel-Festival 2005

Sie war begabt und privilegiert wie ihr Bruder Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Sie schuf in ihrem kurzen Leben weit über 400 Werke. Die Universität der Künste feiert nun den 200. Geburtstag von Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn. »

12 Jun 2005

Don Carlos and Don Carlo at the Wiener Staatsoper

Selbst Giuseppe Verdi hat nie eine Realisierung seiner Vertonung von Schillers “Don Carlos” in ihrer Gesamtheit erleben dürfen. Bereits vor der Generalprobe zur Uraufführung in Paris musste er aus banalem Grund – die Gäste sollten die nächtlichen Züge noch erreichen – Teile seines Werkes streichen, vor der Premiere setzte er noch einmal der Rotstift an. »

12 Jun 2005

Mattheson's Boris Goudenow in Boston

AN early-music festival might not seem the likeliest place to witness a world premiere. But that is what the audience at the Cutler Majestic Theater on the campus of Emerson College will do this week when, after a 295-year delay, the Boston Early Music Festival presents the first fully staged production of the opera “Boris Goudenow, or The Throne Attained Through Cunning, or Honor Joined Happily With Affection,” by the German Baroque composer Johann Mattheson. »

11 Jun 2005

The Midnight Court Premieres in Toronto

Banned in Ireland. The phrase still has some weight, at a time when talking about banning anything is to align yourself with dogmatic mullahs and evangelists. It’s hard to imagine how Brian Merriman, living in an Irish hamlet in the late 18th century, managed to write a literary work shocking enough to be untouchable for nearly two centuries. But the satiric bite of his 1,000-line Gaelic poem The Midnight Court is still something to wonder at, and thanks to Toronto’s Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, something to sing about as well. »

07 Jun 2005

Works of Bach and Handel Discovered

BERLIN (AFP) – Des partitions jusqu’ici inédites des compositeurs allemands Jean-Sébastien Bach (1685-1750) et Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1750) ont été découvertes dans des archives à Weimar et Munich, selon les archives de Bavière et de la Fondation Bach. »

05 Jun 2005

The State of Online Audio Services

Every few decades, audio formats change, and libraries rebuild their music collections. We’ve gone from 78s to LPs, then from LPs to CDs. While CDs stand to be produced for quite some time, it’s not clear how long large library CD collections—with many recordings going back to the mid-1980s—will last. Today, the format shift is on again as librarians attempt to offer patrons what they really want: online audio. »

04 Jun 2005

Rupert Christiansen Interviews Gerald Finley

Before he jets off to take the lead in John Adams’s new opera, Gerald Finley faces a challenge nearer home. He talks to Rupert Christiansen »

29 May 2005

Replacing David Gockley

Edward G. Wallace Jr., an oilman, has observed and supported the arts in Houston for several decades. His great passion is opera, especially bel canto opera. »

28 May 2005

Alberto Vilar Arrested

Alberto Vilar, a hotshot millionaire money manager and the Metropolitan Opera’s largest benefactor, was hauled before a federal judge yesterday on charges he stole $5 million from a client — and then used part of the money to make a donation to his alma mater. »

28 May 2005

Teatro Colon — Where The House Is The Show

Most people go to the opera to see the show. In Buenos Aires, many go just to see the opera house. Recently refurbished, the Teatro Colon offers guided tours through what is one of the world’s truly great houses of music. These tours are a hot attraction, especially for the tourists flooding the Argentine capital these days, where the dollar still has muscle. The tours are in Spanish, English, Portuguese and other languages. »

28 May 2005

A Profile of Valery Gergiev

What makes Valery Gergiev run? When the announcement came last week that he was to take over from Sir Colin Davis as principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, it was obvious what the LSO got from the deal. It confirmed them as one of the world’s leading orchestras, able to attract (Sir Simon Rattle possibly excepted) the most talented and charismatic conductor of his generation. For Gergiev, however, it was just another high-profile post to add to his already prodigious workload. »

28 May 2005

García Opera Buffa Found

Una ópera bufa sobre Don Quijote, escrita hace 180 años, ha sido redescubierta en España el año del IV Centenario de la obra que la inspiró y posiblemente sea reestrenada, afirmó a EFE el director musical Juan de Udaeta. »

26 May 2005

Paul Kildea Resigns from Wigmore Hall

Having successfully completed the transition since William Lyne’s retirement, Paul Kildea has decided to concentrate on his freelance career as a conductor. Over the past two years Paul has combined his musical career with his artistic role at Wigmore Hall, devoting nine months of the year to planning and attending the Hall’s concerts and the remainder to his own performing »

26 May 2005

Internationales Schubert Festival Steyr Begins

Die Festspielzeit beginnt. Besonders liebevoll programmiert ist das Schubert-Festival im zauberhaften Ambiente von Steyr. Intendantin Elke Albrecht setzte zur Eröffnung auf Musik, die Schubert in Steyr oder für Auftraggeber aus der Stadt geschrieben hat. Ergebnis: eine rechte Schubertiade. Wann hört man schon Klaviersonaten, Lieder und Kammermusik in sinnvoller Abfolge nebeneinander? Ellen van Lier war sogar bereit, den Lieder-Teil des Konzerts in der Schlossgalerie unterbrechen zu lassen, um vor der Aufführung des “Forellenquintetts” noch das entsprechende Lied zu singen. »