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'.

Deconstructing Desire

Stölzl, Turandot © 2022 by Matthias Baus
If Turandot is still viewed as a problematic work, its reputation may be due less to its setting or its unfinished state than to the implausibility of its conclusion: the cruel pride of Turandot and the selfish obsession of Calaf exist in such violent opposition to one another that any ending which suggests the possibility of redemption through love will necessarily ring false

Living in the Ice Age

Michieletto, Jenůfa © 2022 by Bernd Uhlig
With a slightly altered cast and musical direction taken over by Thomas Guggeis, the Jenůfa's first public performance was a triumph, placing considerable vocal riches in the service of a thoroughly engrossing drama

Obscure desires

Loy, Der Schatzgräber © 2022 by Monika Rittershaus
A new production of 'Der Schatzgräber' at the Deutsche Oper, was brought to life by director Christof Loy and conductor Marc Albrecht, the team who, in 2018, turned Korngold’s 'Das Wunder der Heliane' into both a surprise success and perhaps the most rewarding instalment in the Deutsche Oper’s ongoing series of early twentieth century ‘rediscoveries.’

The subtle betrayal

Huguet, Don Giovanni © 2022 by Matthias Baus
The new production of Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has a magnificent cast.The quality of the performances, however, must be weighed against that of the staging.

Grand Gestures

Mr Barenboim's reading, full of grand gestures and sudden intrusions, strove for the highest possible levels of drama and had little room for tidy formalities.The music that emerged was full of raw, rough edges, unsanded and unpolished, but burning with fresh heat from the cut.

Monopolio masculino en los Premios ICMA 2022

Alina Ibragimova © by Eva Verman
El 18 de enero se dió a conocer el fallo de los International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) en su edición de 2022.Entre los premiados figuran: Adam Fischer, Martin Fröst, Gennaro Cardaropoli, Julian Kainrath, Sebastian Androne, Francisco Coll y un total de 17 grabaciones de vídeo y audio.

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.

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.