Extreme nerves in Vienna as Tristan fails to sellNews
Yesterday’s outburst by Staatsoper director Bogdan Roscic, telling spectators at the general rehearsal of Tristan und Isolde that he would have them thrown out if they booed again, indicated a high state of anxiety on two counts.
Bogdan (pictured left) has done well so far in suppressing the tendencies that marred his record label career, where there was much shouting and frequent tears. But his nerves seem to be fraying on the Ringstrasse and he returned to form yesterday when he acted more like a pub landlord in Linz than the head of the Vienna Opera.
The reason for the jitters?
Take a look at ticket sales for Thursday’s opening of Calixto Bieito’s new Tristan, and the rest of the run. Plenty of seats still available.