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Performer: Alexander Vassiliev

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BrusselsDer Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Alain Altinoglu; Damiano Michieletto; De Munt | La Monnaie; Paolo Fantin; Agostino Cavalca; Sally Matthews; Julia Kleiter
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Listen with Mother: Tsar Saltan as autism parable at La Monnaie

Svetlana Aksenova (Militrisa) and Bogdan Volkov (Gvidon) © Forster
Dmitri Tcherniakov's staging turns Rimsky-Korsakov's opera into storytelling for an autistic boy, but does he deliver a fairy tale ending? 
*****
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An oppressive, living hell at Covent Garden

Johan Reuter (Šiškov) © ROH | Clive Barda
Johan Reuter is gripping in Krzysztof Warlikowski's powerful vision of the universal, timeless horrors of prison, but visual clutter distracts from Janáček’s music.
***11
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Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
In an elegant new production by Ivo van Hove, Malin Byström portrays a graceful, erotic Salome and the RCO play with sensuous lyricism under Daniele Gatti.
****1
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Black gold: Rimsky-Korsakov in Brussels

Pavlo Hunka (Tsar Dodon) and Sarah Demarthe (Cockerel) © Matthias Baus | La Monnaie
Laurent Pelly exploits the satirical side of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel at La Monnaie in a darkly humorous but colourfully performed production.
****1
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Circle of Life: Vixen returns to Glyndebourne

Elena Tsallagova (Vixen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Melly Still returns to revive her 2012 staging at Glyndebourne, laying nature bare. Cartoonish, but never sentimental, it presents Vixen red in tooth and claw, 
****1
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