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Performer: Alexandra Deshorties

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LyonAriane et Barbe-BleueNew production

Dukas: Ariane et Barbe-bleue
Lothar Koenigs; Àlex Ollé; Opéra de Lyon; Alfons Flores; Alexandra Deshorties; Enkelejda Shkosa; Tomislav Lavoie
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From the Somme's trenches: Iain Bell's In Parenthesis

David Jones' First World War epic poem comes to musical life in Iain Bell's newly-commissioned opera. 
****1
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Spontini's La vestale

Despite its failings, La Monnaie turn Gaspare Spontini's 1805 La vestale into a fascinating evening's opera.
****1
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'Medea' at Glimmerglass a summer scorcher!

The opera is way too dark. It runs far too long. It’s requires a soprano with vocal cords of amalgamated steel to sing the title role. No wonder Cherubini’s Medea is rarely performed. According to OPERA America records, the opera hasn’t been performed in the United States in nearly 20 years.
*****
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Stolz und Holz: Maria Stuarda am Theater an der Wien

Marlis Petersen (Maria Stuarda) © Monika Rittershaus
Spannendes Psycho-Duell in reduzierter Optik, kompetenter Belcanto mit dem Wahrhaftigkeitsanspruch des Verismo.
****1
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La Norma genevoise : un essai sur le gris

Alexandra Deshorties (Norma), Ruxandra Donose (Adalgisa) & Rubens Pelizzari (Pollione) © GTG / Carole Parodi
Alexandra Deshorties peine à convaincre vocalement, la mise en scène de Jossi Wieler et Sergio Morabito venant par ailleurs crucifier sur l’autel du gris infini l’opéra de Bellini.
**111
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Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra : un dilemme rossinien d’une grande finesse

Alexandra Deshorties (Elisabetta) au Theater an der Wien © Herwig Prammer
Cette version concert n’empêche pas les chanteurs de se livrer à une véritable interprétation de leur personnage sous la houlette nette et nerveuse de Jean-Christophe Spinosi. 
****1
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