Jesse Simon

Comenzó a escribir en el martes, 21 de mayo de 2013. En estos 9 años ha escrito 256 artículos.


Brünnhilde’s Escape

Tcherniakov, Götterdämmerung © 2022 by Staatsoper unter den Linden
For all that Mr Tcherniakov was willing to drag the themes of the Ring far beyond their normal context, the four evenings of the cycle were balanced by performances that brought out the intoxicating musical qualities that have drawn generations of listeners into Wagner’s world

Detached Observations

Tcherniakov, Siegfried © 2022 by Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The evening was first and foremost a musical triumph, with high-quality performances from all of the soloists, although was the first time in the cycle where one was not entirely convinced that all the components of the staging fit into a rigorously conceived whole.

A Family Madness

Tcherniakov, Die Walküre © 2022 by Monika Rittershaus
If 'Rheingold' is a purely mythological spectacular, 'Walküre' marks the beginning of the cycle’s shift in the direction of human drama, and in place of continuous set changes, Mr Tcherniakov devoted his energies to extended scenes examining the passions and madnesses that drive the characters

Time Out of Mind

Tcherniakov, Das Rheingold © 2022 by Monika Rittershaus
Whatever you were expecting, this probably wasn’t it.Dmitri Tcherniakov’s productions for the Staatsoper Berlin over the past decade have made a point of pushing operatic texts outside their comfort zones in ways that open up new avenues of meaning while retaining the emotional essence of the original

Musikfest 4: Expressions of Hope

Andris Nelsons © 2015 by Alexander Böhm
The Gewandhausorchester Leipzig presented a programme of stark contrasts in which the quiet anguish of Shostakovich’s 'Chamber Symphony' and the cataclysmic force of Sofia Gubaidulina’s 'Der Zorn Gottes' were held in fine balance by unshakable optimism of Beethoven’s 'Seventh Symphony'

Musikfest 3: Feeling the Spirit

Igor Levit © 2019 by Peter Wieler
Those unfamiliar with the Busoni’s Piano Concerto were probably converted, while those who worried that they might go their lives without ever hearing the concerto in a real concert hall must have been close to ecstatic: between Sir Antonio’s vivid conducting and Mr Levit’s herculean feats of pianistic brilliance it was the kind of once-in-a-lifetime performance

Musikfest 1: Return to Form

Klaus Mäkelä © 2020 by Harrison Parrott
It was a good weekend for Mahler fans in Berlin.Only two nights after the Berlin Philharmonic kicked off their season with a performance of the Seventh, the 2022 edition of Musikfest Berlin got underway with the Sixth, performed by Amsterdam’s Concertgebouworkest under the direction of their future chief conductor Klaus Mäkelä

Business as Usual

Kirill Petrenko ©  Wilfried Hösl/Berlin Philharmonic
The season opening concerts of the past few years have been coloured by varying degrees of pandemic-related uncertainty: between reduced capacity, mask policies and pre-concert tests, recent seasons have opened with a sense of living in extraordinary times.
Estados Unidos

Santa Fe Opera 2: An Old-fashioned Entertainment

McVicar, Falstaff © 2022 by Curtis Brown
The new production of 'Falstaff' was a success on nearly all fronts.Sir David McVicar’s energetic, lightly ribald staging made easy work of the densely-plotted action while the vigorous musical direction of Paul Daniel and a strong ensemble led by the charismatic Falstaff of Quinn Kelsey ensured that the intricacies of the score emerged with absolute clarity.
Estados Unidos

Santa Fe Opera 1: A Quiet Storm

Winokur y  Heijboer, Tristan und Isolde © 2022 by Curtis Brown
Although the Santa Fe Opera has been going for some sixty-five years, it was not until the present season that it gave its first ever performance of 'Tristan und Isolde';before that, the only other Wagner opera to have appeared at the festival was 'Der fliegende Holländer'.