My intent when booking the ticket for another “Tales of Hoffmann” was to see Aleksandra Kurzak interpreting all 4 roles, and to see how Ildar Abdrazakov will play 4 various villains. None of it materialised since both pulled out and were replaced: Kurzak by a combo of Olga Pudova and Diana Damrau, and Abdrazakov by… Read More Tales of intoxicated Hoffmann: Jones production with Spyres, Brower, Damrau, Pudova and Testé
The Stigmatised – what it could mean? How will Krzysztof Warlikowski interpret the score which is almost 100 years old, and have been as popular and highly regarded in Germany, even compared with masterpieces of Wagner? As an explorer, I have not invested much time in preparation, and have not heard the opera before, so there… Read More Branded? Warlikowski stages Die Gezeichneten with Daszak, Naglestad, Maltman and Konieczny in Munich
That was a second consecutive night in Munich with the production of Krzysztof Warlikowski at the Munich Opera Festival – following the very successful premiere of “Die Gezeichneten” a night before. Therefore, my main challenge was to put aside impressions of the previous night and look into layers of symbolism created by the team for… Read More Warlikowski nights in Munich: “Die Frau ohne Schatten”
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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