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Performer: Audun Iversen

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OsloEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Lothar Koenigs; Christof Loy; Norwegian National Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Herbert Murauer; Audun Iversen; Svetlana Aksenova
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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Provocation as part of the package

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Juan Diego Flórez stars as Goethe’s archetypal Romantic poet in Massenet's Werther in Zurich. 
****1
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A desert full of people: Gürbaca's La traviata

Tatyana Gürbaca's new production of La traviata in Oslo may be on the heavy-handed side, but still offers fascinating new insights into Verdi's opera.
***11
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Capriccio at the Lyric slowly finds its voice

Late in the opera, in the calm that settles after a vaudeville of ballet dancers and Italian singers, Fleming’s poise pervades the Countess’s closing rumination over love and the nature of art. It’s a concert piece nestled in Capriccio’s narrative bustle, and to hear Fleming sing it is to be reminded of her talents as a communicator in music within and beyond the opera stage.
**111
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Royal Opera: Manon

Every opera poses an acting challenge to its prima donna, but Massenet’s Manon, whose 2010 production by Laurent Pelly started its first revival at Covent Garden last night, is particularly harsh on the singer of its title role. Ermonela Jaho rose to the task magnificently.
***11
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