Magazine September 7, 2015, Issue

Rewriting Beethoven

Jonas Kaufmann as Florestan in Salzburg’s new production of Beethoven’s Fidelio (© Salzburger Festspiele/Monika Rittershaus)

Salzburg — It’s really hot here, as everyone keeps pointing out. The weather may be the most boring subject in the world, but sometimes you can’t avoid it. A local lady told me, “This is the hottest summer we’ve had in 200 years” — that would be about 25 years after Mozart, who was born and raised here, but during the life of Beethoven, for example.

Even in the best of times, the coolest of times, the halls are hot at the Salzburg Festival. The Grosser Saal of the Mozarteum, I long ago nicknamed the “Grosser Sauna.” In all the halls

In This Issue

Articles

Features

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Cruising Speed

It’s striking that the five Mission: Impossible films, made across two decades in an ever-changing Hollywood, have all starred Tom Cruise. Even in this age of franchises and costumed stars, ...
Politics & Policy

Found Wanting

In a country in which fewer and fewer people serve in an ever-shrinking all-volunteer military, it can be difficult to make a comprehensive case to the civilian public about the ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Poetry

ORPHAN What was I looking for in that room Crowded with old books, shelves so full, It seemed they could not hold another title, Except where in places a weary volume Leaned upon its neighbor’s ...
Politics & Policy

Letters

Is Puerto Rico Back from the Brink? Writing in the Week (July 20), National Review’s editors incorrectly characterize Puerto Rico governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla. Their unfair portrayal of his efforts to ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ Hillary has been wearing orange pantsuits. Someone’s been planning ahead. ‐ In a speech at American University defending his Iran deal, President Obama accused its Republican opponents of making “common ...

Recommended

The Latest