With Bejun Mehta in the Lead, Rodelinda Might be Retitled ‘Bertarido’

27/03/2017

Handel, Rodelinda: Orchestra of Teatro Real / Ivor Bolton (conductor), Teatro Real, Madrid, 24 & 25.3.2017. (JMI)

Rodelinda © Javier del Real

Rodelinda © Javier del Real

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The Semperoper’s Don Giovanni Marred by Seriously Misguided Musical Direction

24/03/2017

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden (chorus master: Cornelius Volke), Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Omer Meir Wellber (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 20.3.2017. (MB)

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Don Giovanni (c) David Baltzer

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Jenůfa in Stockholm Goes Directly to the Heart

24/03/2017

Janáček, Jenufa: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera, Stockholm / Lawrence Renes (conductor). Royal Opera, Stockholm, 18.3.2017 (Premiere). (GF)

Operan Jenufa på Kungliga Operan våren 2017. På bilden; Malin Byström i rollen som Jenůfa samt Lena Nordin som Kostelnička.

Malin Byström (Jenůfa) & Lena Nordin (Kostelnička) © Maryam Barari

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The Semperoper’s New Production of Doktor Faust: A True Company Achievement

22/03/2017

Busoni, Doktor Faust: Soloists, Dancers, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden (chorus master: Jörn Hinnerk Andresen), Säschsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Tomáš Netopil (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 19.3.2017. (MB)

(credit: Jochen Quast)

Busoni’s Doktor Faust (c) Jochen Quast

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Wonderful Singing but Lame and Lacklustre Falstaff Revival

22/03/2017

Verdi, Falstaff: Soloists, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Asher Fisch (conductor), Nationaltheater, 19.3.2017. (MC)

Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff, Bayerische Staatsdoper, photo Eike Gramss

Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff (c) Bayerische Staatsdoper

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A Compelling Production of Andrea Chénier and the Audience Cheered Long and Hard

21/03/2017

Giordano, Andrea Chénier: Soloists, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Omer Meir Wellber, (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 18.3.2017. (MC)

Andrea Chenier, Kaufmann & Harteros, photo courtesy Bayerische Staatsoper

Andrea Chénier – Anja Harteros (Maddelena) & Jonas Kaufmann (Chénier)
(c) Bayerische Staatsoper

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Stephen Gould and Petra Lang Transcend the Routine in McVicar’s Vienna Tristan

19/03/2017

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Mikko Franck (conductor), Vienna, Austria, 15.3.2017. (JPr)

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Petra Lang (Isolde) and Stephen Gould (Tristan) (c) Ashley Taylor

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Sonya Yoncheva and Michael Fabiano Dominate La traviata from the Met.

15/03/2017

Verdi – La traviata: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, New York / Nicola Luisotti (conductor), Met Live in HD transmitted to the Komedia Cinema, Brighton, 11.3.2017. (RB)

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Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta) and Michael Fabiano (Alfredo) in La traviata
(c) Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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