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
This was my second attempt to see Rossini’s “Semiramide” live since premiere at Bayerische Staatsoper – even if I had sourced so highly demanded ticket, severe bronchitis kept me home last spring – in fact, the only time I had to give up the performance due to health issue. Despite all obstacles I have seen… Read More The Queen Semiramide rules at the Royal Opera: starring Joyce DiDonato, Daniela Barcellona, Michele Pertusi and Lawrence Brownlee.
It is undisputably great initiative undertaken by Deutsche Oper Berlin in reviving grand operas of Giacomo Meyerbeer – the success of Les Huguenots last year put very high expectation for this year continuation in Le Prophete. Highly anticipated, previously unseen by me, – and great cast assembled to tell the story. The opera addresses challenges… Read More Gregory Kunde as Le Prophete at Deutsche Oper Berlin, December 3, 2017
The performance of Tannhäuser was not my orginal intent when planning trip to Berlin, – Le Prophete the next day at Duetsche Oper Berlin was the point of focal interest, but the flight options permitted to squeeze another performance on the day of arrival, and from all available choices offered by Berlin opera scene, Tannhäuser… Read More Repentance from eternal perdition: Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin December 2, 2017
The announcement of the 2017/2018 season at Wiener Staatsoper immediately defined two must- see performances for my schedule, and both promised unforgettable experiences. First one was “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Anna Netrebko and Piotr Beczala, and another one “Samson et Dalila” featuring Elīna Garanča in the title role – November and May respectively. On the morning… Read More Impeccable “Adriana Lecouvreur” with Netrebko, Beczala, Zhidkova and Frontali in Vienna.