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Prom 9: Fidelio lives by its Florestan

The last time Beethoven’s sole opera, Fidelio, was performed at the Proms, in 2009, Daniel Barenboim was making a somewhat belated London opera debut with his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

The Merchant of Venice: WNO at Covent Garden

In Out of Africa, her account of her Kenyan life, Karen Blixen relates an anecdote, ‘Farah and The Merchant of Venice’. When Blixen told Farah Aden, her Somali butler, the story of Shakespeare’s play, he was disappointed and surprised by the denouement: surely, he argued, the Jew Shylock could have succeeded in his bond if he had used a red-hot knife? As an African, Farah expected a different narrative, demonstrating that our reception of art depends so much on our assumptions and preconceptions.

Leoncavallo's Zazà at Investec Opera Holland Park

The make-up is slapped on thickly in this new production of Leoncavallo’s Zazà by director Marie Lambert and designer Alyson Cummings at Investec Opera Holland Park.

McVicar’s Enchanting but Caliginous Rigoletto in Castle Olavinlinna at Savonlinna Opera Festival

David McVicar’s thrilling take on Verdi’s Rigoletto premiered as the first international production of this Summer’s Savonlinna Opera Festival. The scouts for the festival made the smart decision to let McVicar adapt his 2001 Covent Garden staging to the unique locale of Castle Olavinlinna.

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance at Covent Garden

The end of the ROH’s summer season was marked as usual by the Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance but this year’s showcase was a little lacklustre at times.

A Falstaff Opera in Shakespeare’s Words: Sir John in Love

Only one Shakespeare play has resulted in three operas that get performed today (whether internationally or primarily in one language-region). Perhaps surprisingly, the play in question is a comedy that is sometimes considered a lesser work by the Bard: The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Sallinen’s Kullervo is Brutal and Spectacular Finnish Opera at Savonlinna Opera Festival

For the centenary of Finland’s Independence, the Savonlinna Opera Festival brought back Kari Heiskanen’s spectacular 1992 production of Aulis Salinen’s Kullervo. The excellent Finnish soloists and glorious choir unflinchingly offered this opera of vocal blood and guts. Conductor Hannu Lintu fired up the Savonlinna Opera Festival Orchestra in Sallinen’s thrilling music.

Kát’a Kabanová at Investec Opera Holland Park

If there was any doubt of the insignificance of mankind in the face of the forces of Nature, then Yannis Thavoris’ design for Olivia Fuchs production of Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová - first seen at Investec Opera Holland Park in 2009 - would puncture it in a flash, figuratively and literally.

A bel canto feast at Cadogan Hall

The bel canto repertoire requires stylish singing, with beautiful tone and elegant phrasing. Strength must be allied with grace in order to coast the vocal peaks with unflawed legato; flexibility blended with accuracy ensures the most bravura passages are negotiated with apparent ease.

Don Pasquale: a cold-hearted comedy at Glyndebourne

Director Mariame Clément’s Don Pasquale, first seen during the 2011 tour and staged in the house in 2013, treads a fine line between realism and artifice.

Billy Budd Indomitable in Des Moines

It is hard to know where to begin to praise the peerless accomplishment that is Des Moines Metro Opera’s staggeringly powerful Billy Budd.

Tannhäuser at Munich

Romeo Castellucci’s aesthetic — if one may speak in the singular — is very different from almost anything else on show in the opera house at the moment. That, I have no doubt, is unquestionably a good thing. Castellucci is a serious artist and it is all too easy for any of us to become stuck in an artistic rut, congratulating ourselves not only on our understanding but also,  may God help us, our ‘taste’ — as if so trivial a notion had something to do with anything other than ourselves.

Des Moines Answers Turandot’s Riddles

With Turandot, Des Moines Metro Opera operated from the premise of prima la voce, and if the no-holds-barred singing and rhapsodic playing didn’t send shivers down your spine, well, you were at the wrong address.

Maria Visits Des Moines

With an atmospheric, crackling performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Maria de Buenos Aires, Des Moines Metro Opera once again set off creative sparks with its Second Stage concept.

Die schöne Müllerin: Davies and Drake provoke fresh thoughts at Middle Temple Hall

Schubert wrote Die schöne Müllerin (1824) for a tenor (or soprano) range - that of his own voice. Wilhelm Müller’s poems depict the youthful unsophistication of a country lad who, wandering with carefree unworldliness besides a burbling stream, comes upon a watermill, espies the miller’s fetching daughter and promptly falls in love - only to be disillusioned when she spurns him for a virile hunter. So, perhaps the tenor voice possesses the requisite combination of lightness and yearning to convey this trajectory from guileless innocence to disenchantment and dejection.

World Premiere of Aulis Sallinen’s Castle in the Water Savonlinna Opera Festival

For my first trip to Finland, I flew from Helsinki to the east, close to the border of Russia near St. Petersburg over many of Suomi’s thousand lakes, where the summer getaway Savonlinna lays. Right after the solstice during July and early August, the town’s opera festival offers high quality productions. In this enchanting locale in the midst of peaceful nature, the sky at dusk after the mesmerising sunset fades away is worth the trip alone!

Mozart and Stravinsky in Aix

Bathed in Mediterranean light, basking in enlightenment Aix found two famous classical works, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress in its famous festival’s open air Théâtre de l’Archevêche. But were we enlightened?

Des Moines: Nothing ‘Little’ About Night Music

Des Moines Metro Opera’s richly detailed production of Sondheim’s A Little Night Music left an appreciative audience to waltz home on air, and has prompted this viewer to search for adequate superlatives.

Longborough Festival Opera: A World Class Tristan und Isolde in a Barn Shed

Of all the places, I did not expect a sublime Tristan und Isolde in a repurposed barn in the Cotswolds. Don’t be fooled by Longborough’s stage without lavish red curtains to open and close each act. Any opera house would envy the riveting chemistry between Peter Wedd and Lee Bisset in this intimate, 500 seat setting. Conductor Anthony Negus proved himself a master at Wagner’s emotional depth. Epic drama in minimalistic elegance: who needs a big budget when you have talent and drama this passionate?

The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra throws a glossy Bernstein party

For almost thirty years, summer at the Concertgebouw has been synonymous with Robeco SummerNights. This popular series expands the classical concert formula with pop, film music, jazz and more, served straight up or mixed together. Composer Leonard Bernstein’s versatility makes his oeuvre, ranging from Broadway to opera, prime SummerNight fare.


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23 Jun 2010

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ROSSINI: Otello — Bad Wildbad 2008

Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia (‘Othello, or The Moor of Venice’): Dramma in three acts. »

18 Oct 2009

BERLIOZ: Béatrice et Bénédict — Paris 2009

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11 Oct 2009

NICOLAI: Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor — Berlin 1943

Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor), a comical-fantastical opera in three acts with dance. »

29 Sep 2009

VERDI: Otello — Vienna 2006

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06 Sep 2009

MASSENET: Werther — Vienna 2000

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23 Aug 2009

THOMAS: Mignon — New York 2005

Mignon: Opéra comique in three acts. »

26 Jul 2009

GOUNOD: Faust — Vienna 2008

Faust, Opéra en cinq actes. »

12 Jul 2009

GOUNOD: Faust — 1953

Faust, Opéra en cinq actes. »

15 Jun 2009

PUCCINI: Turandot — Buenos Aires 1965

Turandot, dramma lirico in three acts. »

10 Jun 2009

VERDI: I masnadieri — Baden-Baden 1998

I masnadieri [The bandits]: Melodramma in four parts  »

17 May 2009

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Maid of Orléans — Moscow 1971

The Maid of Orléans: [Orleanskaya deva]: Opera in four acts »

11 May 2009

ROSSINI: Guglielmo Tell — Rome 1954

Guglielmo Tell: Melodramma tragico in four acts »

03 May 2009

DONIZETTI: Maria Stuarda — Paris 1972

Maria Stuarda: Tragedia lirica in two or three acts. »

26 Apr 2009

VERDI: Don Carlo — Rome 1954

Don Carlo: Opera in four acts.  »

19 Apr 2009

VERDI: Luisa Miller — Reggio Emilia 1976

Luisa Miller: Melodramma tragico in three acts. »

12 Apr 2009

WAGNER: Götterdämmerung — Rome 1968

Götterdämmerung: Third day of Der Ring des Nibelungen in a prologue and three acts. »

06 Apr 2009

WAGNER: Siegfried — Rome 1968

Siegfried: Second day of Der Ring des Nibelungen in three acts. »

29 Mar 2009

WAGNER: Die Walküre — Rome 1968

Die Walküre: First day of Der Ring des Nibelungen in three acts.  »

22 Mar 2009

WAGNER: Das Rheingold — Rome 1968

Vorabend (preliminary evening) of Der Ring des Nibelungen, in four scenes. »

15 Mar 2009

ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia — La Scala 1956

Il Barbiere di Siviglia [Almaviva, ossia L’inutile precauzione (‘Almaviva, or The Useless Precaution’)]: Commedia in two acts. »

08 Mar 2009

CHERUBINI: Medea — La Scala 1961

Medea (Médée): Opéra comique in three acts. »

01 Mar 2009

BELLINI: La sonnambula — La Scala 1957

La sonnambula, Melodramma in due atti »

22 Feb 2009

PUCCINI: Tosca — Mexico City 1952

Tosca: A melodrama in three acts. »

15 Feb 2009

ROSSINI: Armida — Firenze 1952

Armida, Dramma per musica in tre atti. »

08 Feb 2009

VERDI: La Traviata — Lisbon 1958

La Traviata: Melodramma in three acts.  »

01 Feb 2009

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Un ballo in maschera: Melodramma in three acts »

25 Jan 2009

BELLINI: Il Pirata — New York 1959

Il Pirata: Melodramma in two acts. »

18 Jan 2009

BELLINI: Norma — Roma 1955

Norma: Tragedia lirica in two acts. »

11 Jan 2009

DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor — Roma 1957

Lucia di Lammermoor: Opera in three acts. »

04 Jan 2009

PUCCINI: Turandot — Wien 1961

Turandot, dramma lirico in three acts. »

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PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi — La Scala 2008

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Suor Angelica: Opera in one act (no.2 of Il trittico). »

14 Dec 2008

PUCCINI: Il Tabarro — La Scala 2008

Il Tabarro [The Cloak]: Opera in one act (no.1 of Il Trittico). »

07 Dec 2008

PUCCINI: La Rondine — La Scala 1994

La Rondine: Commedia lirica in three acts. »

01 Dec 2008

PUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West — La Scala 1956

La Fanciulla del West: Opera in three acts. »

23 Nov 2008

PUCCINI: La Fanciulla del West — Firenze 1954

La Fanciulla del West: Opera in three acts. »

16 Nov 2008

PUCCINI: Madama Butterfly — Covent Garden 1957

Madama Butterfly, opera in two acts. »

09 Nov 2008

PUCCINI: Tosca — Bruxelles 1958

Tosca: A melodrama in three acts. »

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PUCCINI: La Bohème — Vienna 1988

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26 Oct 2008

STRAUSS: Intermezzo — Vienna 1963

Intermezzo: Bürgerliche Komödie with symphonic interludes in two acts.  »

20 Oct 2008

STRAUSS: Salome — Covent Garden 2008

Salome, Musikdrama in one act. »

05 Oct 2008

STRAUSS: Capriccio -- Vienna 2008

Capriccio: Konversationsstück für Musik in one act. »

28 Sep 2008

STRAUSS: Arabella -- Dresden 2005

Arabella: Lyrische Komödie in three acts »

21 Sep 2008

STRAUSS: Arabella — Salzburg 1958

Arabella: Lyrische Komödie in three acts »

14 Sep 2008

STRAUSS: Die ägyptische Helena — Salzburg 2003

Die ägyptische Helena: Oper in two acts. »

07 Sep 2008

STRAUSS: Die ägyptische Helena — Munich 1956

Die ägyptische Helena: Oper in two acts. »

01 Sep 2008

STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten — Covent Garden 1992

Die Frau ohne Schatten: Oper in three acts »

24 Aug 2008

STRAUSS: Die Frau ohne Schatten — Covent Garden 1976

Die Frau ohne Schatten: Oper in three acts »

17 Aug 2008

STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier — Hamburg 1992

Der Rosenkavalier (‘The Knight of the Rose’): Komödie für Musik in 3 acts. »

10 Aug 2008

STRAUSS: Der Rosenkavalier — Wien 1987

Der Rosenkavalier (‘The Knight of the Rose’): Komödie für Musik in 3 acts. »

04 Aug 2008

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail — Salzburg 1997

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Singspiel in 3 Acts. »

27 Jul 2008

MOZART: Die Entführung aus dem Serail — Salzburg 1975

Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Singspiel in 3 Acts. »

20 Jul 2008

MOZART: Idomeneo — Munich 2008

Idomeneo, rè di Creta: Dramma per musica in tre atti (K. 366). »

13 Jul 2008

MOZART: Idomeneo (Britten ed.)

Idomeneo, rè di Creta: Dramma per musica in tre atti (K. 366). »

06 Jul 2008

MOZART: Così fan tutte — Wien 2008

Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (K. 588). Opera buffa in two acts. »

30 Jun 2008

MOZART: Così fan tutte — Salzburg 2004

Così fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti (K. 588). Opera buffa in two acts. »

22 Jun 2008

MOZART: Die Zauberflöte — Salzburg 2006

Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts, K. 620 »

15 Jun 2008

MOZART: Die Zauberflöte — Salzburg 2005

Die Zauberflöte: Singspiel in two acts, K. 620 »

08 Jun 2008

MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito — ENO 2007

La Clemenza di Tito: Opera seria in two acts, K621. »

01 Jun 2008

MOZART: La Clemenza di Tito — Covent Garden 1976

La Clemenza di Tito: Opera seria in two acts, K621. »

25 May 2008

MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro — Vienna 2001

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro): Opera buffa in four acts, K492 »

18 May 2008

MOZART: Le Nozze di Figaro — Salzburg 2001

Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro): Opera buffa in four acts, K492 »

11 May 2008

MOZART: Don Giovanni — Salzburg 2002

Il dissoluto punito ossia il Don Giovanni (K. 527): Drama giocoso in two acts »

04 May 2008

MOZART: Don Giovanni — Salzburg 1953

Il dissoluto punito ossia il Don Giovanni (K. 527): Dramma giocoso in two acts »

27 Apr 2008

MASSENET: Chérubin

Chérubin: Comédie chantée in three acts. »

21 Apr 2008

MASSENET: Marie-Magdeleine

Marie-Magdeleine: Drame sacré in three acts and four scenes »

13 Apr 2008

MASSENET: Le Cid

Le Cid: opéra in four acts and ten tableaux. »

06 Apr 2008

MASSENET: Esclarmonde

Esclarmonde: Opéra romanesque in four acts and eight tableaux. »

30 Mar 2008

MASSENET: Cendrillon

Cendrillion, Conte de Fées in 4 ActsMusic composed by Jules Massenet (1842–1912). Libretto by Henri Cain after Perrault. »

16 Mar 2008

MASSENET: Manon

Manon: Opéra comique in 5 acts and 6 tableaux »

09 Mar 2008

MASSENET: Thaïs

Thaïs: Comédie lyrique in three acts and seven scenes. »

03 Mar 2008

JOMMELLI: Fetonte

Fetonte: Dramma per musica in three acts. »

25 Feb 2008

VINCI: La Partenope

La Partenope: Dramma per musica in three acts. »

19 Feb 2008

CHERUBINI: Medea

Medea (Médée): Opéra comique in three acts. »

10 Feb 2008

MARTÍN Y SOLER: Andromaca

Andromaca: Dramma per musica in three acts. »

03 Feb 2008

ROSSINI: Ermione

Ermione: Azione tragica in two acts. »

27 Jan 2008

TRAETTA: Ippolito ed Aricia

Ippolito ed Aricia: Tragedia in five acts. »

20 Jan 2008

MOZART/STRAUSS: Idomeneo

Idomeneo: Opera seria in three acts. »

13 Jan 2008

GLUCK: Paride ed Elena

Paride ed Elena: Dramma per musica in five acts. »

10 Jan 2008

GLUCK/BERLIOZ: Orphée

Orphée: Opera in four acts. Music composed by Christoph Willibald Gluck (arranged by Hector Berlioz, 1859). Libretto by Ranieri de' Calzabigi  »

26 Dec 2007

LULLY: Alceste, ou Le triomphe d’Alcide

Alceste, ou Le triomphe d’Alcide: Tragédie en musique in a prologue and five acts. »

17 Dec 2007

GLUCK: Alceste

Alceste: Tragédie opéra in three acts. »

12 Dec 2007

PACINI: Medea

Medea: Melodramma tragico in three acts. »

06 Dec 2007

SACCHINI: Oedipe à Colone

Oedipe à Colone: Tragédie lyrique in three acts. »

27 Nov 2007

STRAUSS : Elektra

Elektra: Tragedy in one act. »

18 Nov 2007

PAISIELLO: Fedra

Fedra: Dramma per musica in two acts. »

11 Nov 2007

BERLIOZ: Les Troyens

Les Troyens: Grand opéra in five acts. »