It was another first time to discover a new opera in the exploration journey – it was the first time to hear Verdi’s Les Vêpres Siciliennes live in one of my beloved opera houses – Bayerisches Staatsoper in Nationaltheater. Previously I have seen part of the broadcast from Royal Opera House with Erwin Schrott, but… Read More Vocally impressive, visually confusing: Les Vêpres Siciliennes in Munich.
The performance of “La traviata” while booking tickets for Munich opera festival was not an intentional choice – my prime target was another Verdi gem – “Les Vêpres siciliennes” on Sunday, and as interim event on Saturday I put it in the booking. Somehow I did not pay too much attention on the planned cast,… Read More Emotional and captivating “La traviata” in Munich
“Il pirata” by Bellini is another opera I have not had a chance to hear or see before, thus was eager to experience the joy of new discovery, especially with superb interpreter of the lead role of Imogene. The opera itself was a debut of Bellini at La Scala in 1827, nowadays it is not… Read More Soul devastating pain by Sonya Yoncheva in “Il Pirata” at Teatro alla Scala
This was one of the performances that were long anticipated, – knowing that all the singers will have their role debuts and difficulty to source a ticket, the expectations were running high. Though living through the season and many outstanding performances the expected emotional impact was less than envisioned. The opera, which is based on… Read More A lonely heart betrayed: “Samson et Dalila” in Vienna starring Garanča, Alagna, Álvarez.
Saturday night, approaching magnificent Royal Opera House, I was wondering how lucky I have been at the opening of the spring season sale to get a ticket for the upcoming performance of “Macbeth” with stellar cast inclusive of Anna Netrebko, Željko Lučić, Ildebrando D’Archangelo and Yusif Eyvazov, conducted by incomparable Antonio Pappano. Today, while writing… Read More “Macbeth” in London: Netrebko, Lučić and Pappano mesmerize the audience
Opening season for Deutsche Staatsoper Unter den Linden has a high visibility and interest among opera lovers, thus the season ticket sales opening night did not surprise: the demand was high, and many performances were sold out in minutes. I was lucky enough to secure two consecutive days with prominent directors – Tristan un Isolde… Read More Salome in between mysteries of love and death: Stundyte, Neuenfels in Staatsoper Berlin.
The ticket for this weekend performance in Paris has been acquired together with season subscription at least a year ago, and the enticing promise to see and hear Anna Netrebko as Violetta in the cast complemented by Charles Castronovo as Alfredo and Placido Domingo as Giorgio Germont spiked up expectations. As I was not lucky… Read More Traviata in Paris: Rebeka, Castronovo and Domingo
I have to admit that my exploration path towards a better understanding of baroque opera has been long and thorny, and I am still far away from becoming an aficionado of that era in music. Nevertheless, I am not giving up and looking to learn more, as a better understanding of the topic brings acceptance… Read More Rediscovering your values: Jephtha inside.
Sometimes great performance chooses me rather than opposite and seems that Un Ballo in Opera Bastille was one of those events. The original intent on visiting Paris was unseen opera (oratorio) Jephtha by Haendel scheduled for Saturday, but when flight ticketing day came, the flight for 2 nights stay in Paris came up better priced,… Read More The masked ball in Paris hosted by Radvanovsky and Pretti.
The production of the double bill Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci at Royal Opera House this season is a revival of recently highly praised and Olivier-Award-winning staging by Damiano Michieletto, this time with the extraordinary cast, especially Elīna Garanča as Santuzza and double role debut of Bryan Hymel as Turridu and Canio. The ticket was sourced a… Read More When passion kills: Cavalleria Rusticana/ Pagliacci at ROH with extraordinary cast