As a tenor, Jay Hunter Morris is used to playing the love interest. In Jennifer Higdon’s new opera Cold Mountain, which receives its world première on 1 August at Santa Fe Opera, the tables are turned and he gets to portray a nasty, dark villain himself.
Following our preview of the 2015 BBC Proms season, we asked our reviewers who'll be helping cover the season for Bachtrack for their top 3 recommendations. A rich and varied bunch (both the recommendations and the reviewers!) emerged, with pride of place going to... the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
FOCUS ON FESTIVALS 2015
Santa Fe Opera's 2015 season comprises five new productions, including the world première of Jennifer Higdon's Cold Mountain. The operas span the old and the new, the famous and the less familiar, the scandalous and the light hearted.
Bach C.P.E., Vivaldi, Telemann, Bach
Jeannette Sorrell; Alina Ibragimova; The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra Apollo's Fire
For modern ears, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy is a curious beast, a hybrid of orchestral, concertante and choral genres and thus quite difficult to programme in a regular concert.
2015 - 16 SEASON PREVIEWS: May and June are the months when orchestras and opera houses announce their new seasons. Read Bachtrack's highlights here.
Political intrigues in exotic settings lie at the heart of three new productions at Deutsche Oper next season, headed by a rare outing for Meyerbeer’s L’Africaine in its original version, as left by the composer, under the title Vasco de Gama.
The gang rape scene in the Royal Opera's production of Guillaume Tell caused an uproar at the première and has caused a great deal of comment since. David Karlin argues that director Damiano Michieletto failed by succeeding too well.
Sadly, Damiano Michieletto and Antonio Pappano's production is more likely to be remembered for its failings – the awful rape scene, its dullness, plus a list of annoying details too long to mention – than for its musical excellence. It’s worth seeing to get a feel of both.