Reviewed in London
Holten's masonic lodge setting of Meistersinger gets a lot right but is occasionally uneven; Terfel and Hughes Jones are constantly good to listen to.
Albanian soprano Ermonela Jaho is renowned for heartfelt performances as some of opera's most tortured soprano roles, especially Violetta in La traviata, the opera in which she sprang to fame in London when she jumped in for an indisposed Anna Netrebko.
2016 in stats
Some people crack open the Champagne to launch the New Year, but here at Bachtrack Towers the corks have barely popped before we dive into the classical music statistics for the year just ended.
New opera seasons
It’s the time of year when opera houses and concert halls begin to announce their new seasons and – where possible – we try and upload listings to Bachtrack quickly. So far, opera announcements have been made at Opéra de Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas.
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Erik Nielsen; Hans Neuenfels; Zurich Opera; Katrin Connan; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Claudia Boyle; Claire de Sévigné
Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Anthony Barrese; Mark Freiman; Michael Schweikardt; Howard Tsvi Kaplan; Tara Venditti; Hak Soo Kim
Markus Poschner; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Pia Leong; 1927; Nadja Mchantaf; Brigitte Geller
Strauss R.: Elektra
Olaf Henzold; Stephen Langridge; Göteborg Opera; Conor Murphy; Katarina Karnéus; Annalena Persson
Weber: Der Freischütz
Christoph Gedschold; Christian von Götz; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Gal James; Magdalena Hinterdobler
Mozart: The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte)
Christophe Rousset; David Lescot; Opéra de Dijon; Alwyne de Dardel; Mariane Delayre; Siobhan Stagg; Jodie Devos
Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Wyn Davies; Aletta Collins; Opera North; Giles Cadle; Gabrielle Dalton; Sky Ingram; Wallis Giunta
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Frank Martin’s Le Vin herbé is as anti-Wagnerian a work as you could imagine. It is also the odd one out in Welsh National Opera’s “Love’s Poisoned Chalice” spring season.
The third installment of Géza M. Tóth's staging of the Ring, this Siegfried is visually striking, but it's only a strong cast, and above all Egils Silins' Wanderer, that makes it worth attending.
Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the Deutsche Oper Berlin in an outstanding new production by Graham Vick and Donald Runnicles.
Daniele Gatti is the winner of the night, managing to draw an astounding outcome from a far from ideal cast.
Odyssey Opera has unearthed a gem with its production of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s 1962 chamber opera The Importance of Being Earnest, never published and staged only twice previously.
Annilese Miskimmon's production brings to life the sinister, stormy story of Janáček's masterpiece in an Irish setting.
Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
Yesterday, Benjamin Millepied stepped down as director of Paris Opéra Ballet, prompting the question: can the director of a large international company juggle a management role with the desire to create?