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Performer: Anja Kampe

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AmsterdamFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Jaap van Zweden; Daniel Frank; Oliver Zwarg; Simon Neal; Georg Zeppenfeld
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Fidelio in Zurich: singing fine, but staging, “Nein!”

In its revival here in Zurich, the soloists and choir of Beethoven's Fidelio give stellar vocal performances. But having done away with any real set, the opera was not without its shortcomings.

**111
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Thielemann returns to the Berlin Phil with a Richard Strauss programme

Two rarely performed works and an evergreen show off the prowess of this first class orchestra.
****1
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Michael Volle excels in a Walküre to remember in Berlin

The Staatsoper Berlin celebrate the arrival of Michael Volle, a splendid Wotan, aided by a strong ensemble of singers and Daniel Barenboim's leadership.
*****
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Brilliance and excitement in Salonen’s Webern, Mahler and Wagner

In a fin de siècle programme, Salonen and the Philharmonia demonstrated visceral excitement, and found ways to reinvent. 
****1
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Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan

A passionless staging of Wagner's masterpiece throws cold water on Barenboim's fiery conducting at the Staatsoper.
***11
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A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

Harry Kupfer's vivid and enlightening production came alive by soprano Anja Kampe's courageous performance and by conductor Oksana Lyniv's briliant direction.
****1
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