A Carmen That Delivers on All Counts

12/12/2016

Bizet, Carmen: Soloists and Chorus of Gothenburg Opera, dancers, children’s choir, Gothenburg Opera Orchestra / Karen Kamensek (conductor), Gothenburg Opera main stage, 25.11.2016 and 3.12.2016. (NS)

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Katarina Giotas (Carmen) and (left to right) Joachim Bäckström (Don José), Ann-Kristin Jones (Mercédès), Mia Karlsson (Frasquita) and Anders Lorentzson (Zuniga) (c) Mats Bäcker

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Mascagni and Hindemith Form an Unlikely Double Bill in Paris

08/12/2016

Mascagni, Cavalleria rusticana, and Hindemith, Sancta Susanna: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: José Luis Basso) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Carlo Rizzi (conductor). Opéra Bastille, Paris, 3.12.2016. (MB)

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Sancta Susanna (c) Julien Benhamou /OnP

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Iphigénie en Tauride Gluck’s Great Opera Thoughtfully Staged and Splendidly Sung in Paris

06/12/2016

Gluck, Iphigénie en Tauride: Soloists, Chorus (chorus master: Alessandro di Stefano) and Orchestra of the Opéra national de Paris / Bertrand de Billy (conductor). Palais Garnier, Paris, 2.12.2016. (MB)

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Iphigénie en Tauride © Guergana Damianova/OnP

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Kirill Petrenko’s Magical Conducting and Anja Kampe’s Superb Voice Highlight This Shostakovich Opera

06/12/2016

Shostakovich, Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Kirill Petrenko (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 4.12.2016. (JMI)

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District © W. Hösl

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District © W. Hösl

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An Uneven Turandot Weighed Down by an Excessive Production

04/12/2016

Puccini, Turandot: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Dan Ettinger (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 3.12.2016. (JMI)

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Turandot © Bayerische Staatsoper

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A Well-Staged and Well-Sung L’elisir d’amore in Munich

03/12/2016

Donizetti, L’elisir d’amore: Bayerische Staatsoper Orchestra and Chorus / Daniele Callegari (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 2.12.2016. (JMI)

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L’elisir d’amore © Bayesrische Staatsoper

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The Sting and Seduction of Tristan

30/11/2016

Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (opening of 2016/17 season): Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro dell’Opera Rome / Daniele Gatti (conductor). Teatro dell’Opera Rome, 27.11.2016. (JB)

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Rachel Nicholls (Isolde) & Andreas Schager (Tristan) (c) Y Kageyama

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Curtis Opera Theatre Mounts Touching, Finely Sung Rape of Lucretia

30/11/2016

Britten, The Rape of Lucretia: Curtis Opera Theatre, Conner Gray Covington (conductor), Prince Theater, Philadelphia, 19.11.2016. (BJ)

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Evan Johnson and Tiffany Townsend as the male chorus and female chorus
in the Curtis Opera Theatre’s The Rape of Lucretia (c) Cory Weaver

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