Emotionally touching “Simon Boccanegra” in Paris with Tezier, Agresta, Kares, Demuro

Following crazy rush for Otello in Munich, Saturday promised a great evening in the opera: one of the most touching Verdi operas conducted by Maestro Luisi, starring one of the favorite baritones Ludovic Tézier, supported by great cast including Mika Kares (what a step-in performance from sidelines in “Hamlet” in Bregenz!), seemingly ever-present Maria Agresta… Read More Emotionally touching “Simon Boccanegra” in Paris with Tezier, Agresta, Kares, Demuro

Rushing to see “Otello” in Munich with Kaufmann, Harteros and Finley

Unquestionably, the most exciting event of the season was the premiere of “Otello” with Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros in Munich. The demand for premiere, according to rumors, exceeded seating capacity of Nationaltheater 25 times, while for the total run of 7 performances number of ticket requests exceeded 100 000. Thus, when receiving email informing… Read More Rushing to see “Otello” in Munich with Kaufmann, Harteros and Finley

Vocally impressive, visually confusing: Les Vêpres Siciliennes in Munich.

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.

Soul devastating pain by Sonya Yoncheva in “Il Pirata” at Teatro alla Scala

“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

A lonely heart betrayed: “Samson et Dalila” in Vienna starring Garanča, Alagna, Álvarez.

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.

“Macbeth” in London: Netrebko, Lučić and Pappano mesmerize the audience

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

Salome in between mysteries of love and death: Stundyte, Neuenfels in Staatsoper Berlin.

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.

Traviata in Paris: Rebeka, Castronovo and Domingo

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