Deutsche Oper’s Rienzi is Compromised by Cuts and Miserable Conducting

21/04/2019

Wagner, Rienzi: Soloists, Chorus and Extra Chorus of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin (chorus director: Jeremy Bines), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Evan Rogister (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 18.4.2019. (MB)

Deutsche Oper’s Rienzi Act IV (c) Bettina Stöß

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Semperoper’s Excellent Production of Platée is a Controlled Riot with Vigour and Style

20/04/2019

Rameau, Platée: Soloists, Dancers, Sächsische Staatsopernchor Dresden (chorus director: Cornelius Volke), Säschsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Paul Agnew (conductor). Semperoper, Dresden, 16.4.2019. (MB)

Semperoper’s Platée (c) Ludwig Olah

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Benjamin Staern’s Opera on Visionary Artist Hilma af Klint Is Premiered at the Guggenheim

19/04/2019

Staern, Hilma: Soloists, Victoria Stjerna (violin), Andreas Lavotha (cello), Stefan Lindgren (piano), Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 15.4.2019. (RP)

Mette af Klint (Hilma af Klint) & Fredrik af Klint (Rudolf Steiner)
© Robert Altman

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Betrothal in a Monastery Provides an Intriguing, Challenging, and Amusing Evening

19/04/2019

Prokofiev, Betrothal in a Monastery: Soloists, Berlin State Opera Chorus (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 13.4.2019. (MB)

Betrothal in a Monastery (c) Ruth and Martin Walz

Betrothal in a Monastery (c) Ruth and Martin Walz

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A Fine Staging and Performance of Der Zwerg in Berlin

18/04/2019

Zemlinsky, Der Zwerg: Soloists, Ladies of the Chorus of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin (chorus master: Jeremy Bines), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper, Berlin / Donald Runnicles (conductor). Deutsche Oper, Berlin, 12.4.2019. (MB)

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Der Zwerg (c) Monika Ritterhaus

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With a New Cast, the Stars Align for Don Giovanni at the Met

15/04/2019

Mozart, Don Giovanni: Soloists, Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera / Cornelius Meister (conductor), Metropolitan Opera, New York, 12.4.2019. (RP)

Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni) © Marty Sohl/Met Opera

Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni) © Marty Sohl/Met Opera

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In Cincinnati, Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito in 1959 Cuba

14/04/2019

Mozart, La clemenza di Tito: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) / Jiannan Cheng (conductor), Corbett Auditorium, Cincinnati, Ohio. 12.4.2019. (RDA)

La clemenza di Tito (c) University of Cincinnati CCM

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Unlikely Staging But Strong Singing – The Tsar’s Bride in Tallinn

11/04/2019

Rimsky-Korsakov, The Tsar’s Bride: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Estonian National Opera, Estonian National Ballet / Kaspar Mänd (conductor), Estonian National Opera, Tallinn 3.4.2019. (GF)

Rauno Elp (Grigory Gryaznoy) (c) ENO

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