Jesse Simon

Comenzó a escribir en el martes, 21 de mayo de 2013. En estos 9 años ha escrito 233 artículos.


The Limitations of Magic

Herheim, Siegfried © 2021 by Bernd Uhlig
Given director Stefan Herheim’s previous successes in realising the most conspicuously magical episodes of Rheingold and delineating the subtle character drama of Walküre, one had high hopes that he might even be able to pull off the impossible task of creating a Siegfried that didn’t drag in its opening acts.

Coming to Rest

Herheim, Götterdämmerung © 2021 by Bernd Uhlig
The first two instalments of Stefan Herheim’s new Ring cycle for the Deutsche Oper – Das Rheingold and Die Walküre – were ingenious pieces of theatrical invention, delightful as standalone works of drama, yet brimming with images and ideas that seemed to pull its central concept in any number of directions at once.

The Whole of the Law

Kosky, Aufstieg und Fall ... © 2021 by Iko Freese
One emerged from the auditorium slightly battered, and with a bad taste in the mouth;which, one suspects, was Mr Kosky’s goal.If parts of the staging leaned in the direction of excess, much of the music was notable for its restraint.

The men who were recklessly curious

Huguet, Così fan tutte © Matthias Baus
Between a superb ensemble cast and Daniel Barenboim’s perfectly-judged musical direction, it was a thrilling opening to the Staatsoper’s new season

A Misremembered Past

Huguet, Le nozze di Figaro © 2021 by Matthias Baus
For its first run of live performances, the production benefitted from both the buzz of a real audience and a generally superior cast to that of the première.Vincent Huguet’s staging, however, remained aggressively bland and perplexingly uninspired, a triumph of sets and costumes over ideas and characters.

Surrender to the Rhythm

Kirill Petrenko ©  Wilfried Hösl/Berlin Philharmonic
The same sphinx-like impenetrability presided over the Berlin Philharmonic’s season opening concert, which featured a trio of wonderful pieces given performances of equal brilliance.In the overture to Weber’s Oberon, in the restless Scherzo of Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses, and in nearly every moment of Schubert’s ‘Great’ C-Major Symphony one was never allowed to forget the insistence of the rhythm.

The Magician

Herheim, Das Rheingold © 2021 by Bernd Uhlig
In April of last year, the Deutsche Oper announced that their new production of 'Das Rheingold', the first installment in Stefan Herheim’s highly anticipated new 'Ring Cycle', would have to be postponed.

Frontier Justice

Steier, La Fanciulla del West © 2021 by Martin Sigmund
Staatsoper’s new production of 'La Fanciulla del West' was an unexpected delight.Although it featured three strong principals and a reasonably focussed staging, its persuasive energy came primarily from the eruptions of orchestral emotion.

Change of the Guard

The passing of the baton from one generation to the next is very much the theme of the new Mahler box set from Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.

From the outer fringes of the repertoire

One can never tire of Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky casts an undeniable spell over listeners and concert-goers, but it is Mr Petrenko’s willingness to champion lesser known works from the outer fringes of the repertoire that may yet come to define his partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic.