The season opening at the Opera National de Paris set high expectations with the most sought-after ticket of the season and actually unmatchable vocal feast – a starry constellation to die for! Just a glimpse at the cast list would make any opera lover to sacrifice a lot just to be there in October for… Read More Tragedy of the heart and mind: Don Carlos by Warlikowski & Jordan with Kaufmann, Tézier, Garanča, Yoncheva, Abdrazakov
Another first time for discovering new opera in live performance – I have seen Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” recorded on Mezzo, while nothing compares to the live experience with excellent orchestra led by legendary conductor and proper cast and staging. This was one excellent evening full of excitement and great musical experiences. Regardless of… Read More “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” as a time machine in Salzburg.
This was one of the most saught-after performances, and without doubt, the hottest ticket of the summer opera festivals season. A new production of “Aida”, to be conducted by renowned Verdian specialist Riccardo Muti, and starring Anna Netrebko in her role debut, supported by equally strong cast – numerous reviews were pouring in immediately after… Read More Rewritten Aida in Salzburg: Muti leads star cast with Netrebko, Semenchuk, Meli, Salsi
Need to admit a gap in my opera education: it was my first Alban Berg opera live, – since MetHD does not count, and first Wozzeck ever. Probably, each opera comes to the exploration path in its right time, so I have not built any specific expectations except general knowledge and some excerpts seen and… Read More Getting to know Wozzeck. Kentridge stages “Wozzeck” with Goerne, Grigorian, Daszak in Salzburg.
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.