Priceless love: Wenders stages “Les Pecheurs de Perles” in Berlin with Peretyatko, Demuro, Orendt

What to expect when one of the most eminent movie directors decide to become opera stage director? What to expect when the opera he has decided to stage is his life-long earworm? Probably, highly rewarding performance with long-lasting aftertaste, – and even more – as when 3 times Oscar nominated, winner of 84 cinematographic awards… Read More Priceless love: Wenders stages “Les Pecheurs de Perles” in Berlin with Peretyatko, Demuro, Orendt

Internationally cast Onegin with Mattei, Car, Černoch, Abrahamyan in Paris

Several considerations lead to this opera trip: initially, Opera de Paris announced the cast for the run as a split between Netrebko and Yoncheva, and my interest was to see Yoncheva as her debut in the role of Tatiana was highly praised. Unfortunately, at some point, predictable cast change occurred, and the replacement was Australian… Read More Internationally cast Onegin with Mattei, Car, Černoch, Abrahamyan in Paris

Power and suffering in Rigoletto: Grigolo, Sierra, Lučić excel in Paris.

Going to Paris to see another Rigoletto with seemingly the same cast as just one month ago at The Met did not provide much enthusiasm, the main point of interest being the production directed by Claus Guth. There were also some reservations towards Vittorio Grigolo as The Duke, since last time in London I was… Read More Power and suffering in Rigoletto: Grigolo, Sierra, Lučić excel in Paris.

“La bohème” with very personal touch: Sølberg, Søberg, Christiansen, directed by Herheim in Oslo

I saw the pictures. I did not read any reviews. I read the website abstract in English citing “Stefan Herheim’s version of Puccini’s La bohème caused the international opera scene to turn towards Oslo” some 5 years ago. I was not ready and did not expect this well-known piece to touch me so deeply. I… Read More “La bohème” with very personal touch: Sølberg, Søberg, Christiansen, directed by Herheim in Oslo

“La Damnation de Faust” with Castronovo, Kožená, Boesch, Rattle at Staatsoper Berlin.

The choice to come to Berlin twice in a month was made a year ago when new season announcement came in and was driven by name of the director Terry Gilliam, reflecting on his brilliant interpretation of Benvenuto Cellini at ENO a few years ago. Only afterwards I learned that La Damnation in 2011 was… Read More “La Damnation de Faust” with Castronovo, Kožená, Boesch, Rattle at Staatsoper Berlin.

Inquisition domesticated: Don Carlo revival in Staatsoper Berlin with Pape, Sartori, Haroutounian, Prudenskaya

The decision to go for Don Carlo in Berlin came in conjunction with booked Andrea Chenier at Deutsche Oper Berlin, which initially had Aleksandrs Antonenko role debut scheduled, and return flight on Monday morning thus providing opportunity to see an extra performance on Sunday. I was intrigued by seeing René Pape and somehow did not… Read More Inquisition domesticated: Don Carlo revival in Staatsoper Berlin with Pape, Sartori, Haroutounian, Prudenskaya

French revolution revisited: Andrea Chenier in Berlin with Álvarez, Siri, Gagnidze

It seems like 2017 will become the year of revolution: Andrea Chenier leads the list of frequently seen operas on my opera exploration schedule. Bayerische Staatsoper with Jonas Kaufmann in February, Deutsche Oper Berlin with Alvarez now, then another Kaufmann at Munich Opera festival, – and according to Operabase, there are 11 productions running in… Read More French revolution revisited: Andrea Chenier in Berlin with Álvarez, Siri, Gagnidze