A death a minute in Let Me Die at Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O19

02/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Festival O19 [1] – Joseph Keckler, Let Me Die: Veronica Chapman-Smith (soprano), Natalie Levin (mezzo-soprano), Augustine Mercante (countertenor), Saori Tsukada (actor & dancer), William Kim (piano), Lavinia Pavlish (violin), Opera Philadelphia, Fringe Arts, Philadelphia, 27.9.2019. (RP)

Joseph Keckler in Let Me Die © Johanna Austin

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Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, a resounding success in Tallinn

02/10/2019

EstoniaEstonia Gounod, Roméo et Juliette: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Estonian National Opera / Arvo Volmer (conductor), Estonian National Opera, Tallinn, 20.9.2019. (GF)

Perrine Madoeuf (Juliette) & Nico Darmanin (Roméo) (c) Veljo Poom

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The Staatsoper Berlin’s Siegfried and Götterdämmerung are superb in both musical and vocal terms

30/09/2019

GermanyGermany Der Ring des Nibelungen [2] – Wagner, Siegfried, Götterdämmerung: Staatsopernchor, Staatskapelle Berlin / Daniel Barenboim (conductor), Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 26 & 29.9.2019. (JMI)

Siegfried, Act III (c) M. Rittershaus

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The Staatsoper Berlin’s Magic Flute remains an unconvincing production

30/09/2019

GermanyGermany Mozart, Die Zauberflöte: Staatsopernchor and Staatskapelle Berlin / Alondra de la Parra (conductor), Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 28.9.2019. (JMI)

Staatsoper Berlin’s Die Zauberflöte (c) M. Rittershaus

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A voice of ravishing beauty – Nina Stemme dazzles in NY Phil’s double-bill of Schoenberg and Bartók

28/09/2019

United StatesUnited States Schoenberg, Bartók: Nina Stemme (soprano), Katarina Karnéus (mezzo-soprano), Johannes Martin Kränzle (baritone), Nancy Allen (harp), New York Philharmonic / Jaap van Zweden (conductor), David Geffen Hall, New York, 26.9.2019. (RP)

Nina Stemme (Judith) and Johannes Martin Kränzle (Bluebeard)
© Chris Lee

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Deutsche Oper’s La traviata is plagued with cancelations

28/09/2019

GermanyGermany Verdi, La traviata: Deutsche Oper Chorus and Orchestra / Stephan Zilias (conductor), Deutsche Oper Berlin, 27.9.2019. (JMI)

Deutsche Oper’s La traviata (different cast) (c) M. Lieberenz

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Elli Papakonstantinou’s thought-provoking, entertaining  OEDIPUS at BAM

27/09/2019

United StatesUnited States Elli Papakonstantinou, OEDIPUS: Sex with Mum Was Blinding: ODC Ensemble with The Directors Company, BAM Fischer, Brooklyn, 25.9.2019. (RP)

Misha Piatigorsky © Stelios Papardelas

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Incomprehensible new production of La forza del destino at the Deutsche Oper

26/09/2019

GermanyGermany Verdi, La forza del destinoDeutsche Oper Chorus and Orchestra / Jordi Bernàcer (conductor), Deutsche Oper Berlin, 24.9.2019. (JMI)

Deutsche Oper’s La forza del destino © Thomas Aurin

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