Flying overseas for the whole day, rushing through the congested New York city and arriving just an hour before the curtain might get things stressful. Nevertheless, despite tiredness and jet lag I managed to enjoy the last performance of renewed “Las Vegas” Rigoletto with a great cast, starring fabulous Željko Lučić, mesmerizing Joseph Calleja, impressive… Read More Star cast for Rigoletto at The Met: Lučic, Peretyatko, Calleja, Kocan
The plan to catch a new production by Alvis Hermanis in Vienna emerged as soon as the opera house announced 2016/2017 season, and a possibility to combine Easter break with a trip to Vienna proposed enticing opportunity. The symbolism of seeing Parsifal on Easter Sunday came only when the ticket was secured and travel plans… Read More Resurrection through innocence: new “Parsifal” in Vienna
Springtime in Rome is one of the best reasons to combine a visit to the eternal city with a great opera – and exactly this was my plan booking a long weekend in Rome in cold January evening. Both targets well achieved – the weather was sunny and above 20c and Marina Rebeka as Maria Stuarda… Read More The tale of two queens in the eternal city. Maria Stuarda, Donizetti, Rome.
It has been 7 weeks since my last opera trip as a virus forced to cancel plans during February, but the performance in Munich gave me an unexpected reward and even more: such emotional fulfilment and happiness that it is still difficult to put the impressions in writing. The production of Andrea Chénier by Umberto Giordani… Read More Revolution personalised: Jonas Kaufmann as Andrea Chénier in Munich.
The decision to revisit Liceu came spontaneously and was triggered by simultaneous discovery of one January weekend without opera trip and opportunity to see acclaimed Willy Decker production I have not seen yet, with very tempting cast – Anna Catarina Antonacci, who impressed me in short and brave Sancta Susanna in Paris, together with Piotr… Read More Painting in blue and yellow: Beczala as Werther in Barcelona. January 28, 2017
The long awaited and triumphal coming-back prima happened a few days ago, thus all of us gathering for the second performance of Lohengrin in Opera Bastille were throbbing impatiently in presentiment. In the adrenaline rush just a day before the sacred date I have logged onto Opera de Paris web page and sourced another ticket,… Read More Fragility and tenderness of a superhero: return of Kaufmann as Lohengrin in Paris. Opera Bastille, January 21, 2017
Giacomo Puccini is one of my favourite composers, but somehow until now I have seen La Fanciulla del West only as livestream or MetHD and thus was quite eager to see it live with a great cast. As there was a plan to come to Vienna for La Sonnambula, the opportunity to see Aleksandrs Antonenko and… Read More Puccini’s western starring Antonenko and Magee. La Fanciulla del West, Wiener Staatsoper, January 14th, 2017