Concerts & Opera

Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots in Deutsche Oper Berlin


Within 48 hours after attending Olivier Py’s invigorating production of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s five-act opera, Le Prophète, I was back at...

Meyerbeer's Le Prophète in Deutsche Oper Berlin


I originally saw Olivier Py’s production of Giacomo Meyerbeer’s epic five-act opera, Le Prophète, at Deutsche Oper Berlin in 2017 and...

A ring cycle in Bayreuth which you have to see with a fresh mind


Berlin-based, avant-garde, theatre director, Frank Castorf, arrived on the Green Hill in 2013 making his Bayreuth début with this Ring cycle which...

Katharina Wagner stages her great-grandfather's Tristan und Isolde


This production of Tristan und Isolde by Katharina Wagner first saw the light of day at last year’s festival immediately finding success with the...

A Parsifal transferred to Islamic State's Northern Iraq


Specifically written for the Festspielhaus, Parsifal became Wagner’s final and farewell work to the world completed in January 1882 and first seen...

Circular Silence: Mahler 9 by LSO under Bernard Haitink


Tickets sold out days before, the event was overshadowed by the unsettling incident took place in Manchester the night before.

A Don Carlo in Genoa with the finest cast in Italy


Three major Italian opera houses, in Milan, Genoa and Florence, have staged Verdi’s Don Carlo this year and of the three it was the Teatro Carlo...

An exciting Tosca with Kaufmann and Gheorghiu


Puccini's opera Tosca at Vienna State Opera conducted by Jesus Lopez Cobos Tosca’s 587th performance under the direction of Margarethe...

A superb musical comedy


Donizetti's opera Don Pasquale at Vienna State Opera conducted by Evelino Pidò Gaetano Donizetti’s humorous opera Don Pasquale, with...

A musically very rich opera, full of emotions


Janáček’s opera Jenůfa at Vienna State Opera conducted by Ingo Metzmacher It was exciting for me, as a Pountney enthusiast, to watch...

Joyce DiDonato and Venice


Joyce DiDonato recital at Vienna State Opera Opera world’s universally famous American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato’s recital, which she...

Edita Gruberova's still young Anna Bolena


Gaetano Donizetti’s Anna Bolena opera was written first among the three operas called “Tudor Queens” written by the composer (The other...

Don't ever leave the stage Domingo!


I know, I want the impossible by saying this. However, what are the things that 74 years old Domingo succeeded at the stage, if they are not making the...

Britten's important stage work in Genoa


It is natural that Britten's Billy Budd should appeal to audiences of a great sea port like Genoa and the production seen on April 19th was actually the se

Dominique Hoff sung, played and danced


The French Mezzo-Soprano and narrator Dominique Hoff has been organising the narrative concerts since 2006. Schumann was the first composer of this...

Zimmermann's masterpiece in Komische Oper Berlin


Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s “Die Soldaten”, written in 1965 is a brutal shock opera. Günter Wand and then Wolfgang Sawallisch were...

Bieito's powerful staging of Lady Macbeth in Antwerp


The libretto was written by Alexander Preis and the composer. It was first performed on 24 January 1934 at the Leningrad Maly Operny. Shostakovich...

Hüseyin Çağlayan created the costumes of Los Angeles Philharmonic production of Così


Los Angeles Philharmonic's semi-staged production of the Mozart-Da Ponte opera "Così fan tutte" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall was amazing.

Great success for all and standing ovation for Fleming


In 1998 San Francisco Opera commissioned an opera to André Previn and he wrote this piece inspired to Tennessee Williams play and Elia Kazan's

Great and irresistible entertainment


Massenet's "Thaïs" arrives in Los Angeles Opera for the first  time, with superstar Placido Domingo as baritonal cenobite monk...

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