Diablo Ballet tackles Balanchine's Apollo, Tina Kay Bohnstedt's take-off on a Sinatra classic, and Robert Dekkers' mysterious Milieu – once again showing up those larger companies who have unwisely ditched live music.
Vladimir Jurowski built on the Cleveland Orchestra’s existing mastery of Debussy, along with a virtuosic performance by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet of Ravel’s G major piano concerto, and a recent work by Marc-André Dalbavie.
A high impact performance of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony from Ilan Volkov and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with striking and engaging Ravel from Ingrid Fliter – and a gem from Nikolai Roslavets.
In a reconstruction of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle’s production for the world première of Reimann’s soul-pummelling Lear, the staging stands the test of time, but the cast and orchestra leave the biggest impression.
Santtu-Matias Rouvali is an exciting conductor to watch, totally at home in the all-nordic repertoire of Sibelius and Martinsson, in whose concerto Håkan Hardenberger displayed his total mastery of the trumpet.
A well-worked revival of Elijah Moshinsky's production of Rossini's Barber of Seville offers gales of laughter and vocal delights at the Sydney Opera House, with starring roles for Paolo Bordogna, Anna Dowsley and Warwick Fyfe