If you, like me, are feeling more than a little bit jealous after reading glowing accounts of Unsuk Chin's new opera Alice in Wonderland from Alex Ross, Mark Swed and Alan Rich, then I'll leave it to you to decide whether to go to this page on the Munich Opera Festival website, where you can stream a short video featuring excerpts from the production. (The link is at the bottom of the page.) It's a mixed blessing. On the one hand, what I see and hear echoes the wonderful things those three keen witnesses reported. On the other, now I'm even more sorry that I couldn't attend.
Mark notes that Alice will return to the company in November (the 15th, 17th, 20th and 23rd, according to Boosey), and will also be issued on DVD. Both he and Alan suggest that the Los Angeles Opera -- which originally commissioned this work, then dumped it during a budget crisis (yet kept the turgid Grendel with its lavish, dysfunctional set) -- may yet stage the work.
Meanwhile, over on this page, you can stream excerpts from the other works mentioned in Alex's essay: Wolfgang Rihm's Das Gehege and the William Friedkin production of Salome, the latter complete with not-safe-for-work footage from what appears to be a determinedly unsexy Dance of the Seven Veils.
Gaetano Donizetti - Lucie di Lammermoor - Natalie Dessay, Roberto Alagna, Ludovic Tézier, Lyon Opera Chorus and Orchestra/Evelino Pidò (Virgin)
Roger Sessions - Symphonies 6, 7 & 9 - American Composers Orchestra/Dennis Russell Davies (Argo)
Richard Strauss - Complete Songs 2 - Anne Schwanewilms, Roger Vignoles (Hyperion)
Bela Bartók - Concerto for Orchestra - Los Angeles Philharmonic/Gustavo Dudamel (Deutsche Grammophon download via iTunes)
Gustav Mahler - Symphony No. 5 - Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel (Deutsche Grammophon, due Aug. 20)
Philip Glass - Music in 12 Parts, Part 7 - Philip Glass Ensemble (Orange Mountain Music download via iTunes)
John Coltrane - Crescent (Impulse!)
Weather Report - Forecast: Tomorrow - CD 1 (Columbia/Legacy)
Björk - Homogenic (Elektra)
Pandit Pran Nath (with La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Terry Riley) - Raga Cycle, Palace Theatre, June 1972 (Sri Moonshine)
Philip Glass - Satyagraha - New York City Opera/Christopher Keene (CBS Masterworks)