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Performer: Bibi Abel

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Frankfurt am MainLady Macbeth von MzenskNew production

Anja Kampe (Katerina Ismailowa) © Barbara Aumüller
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District
Sebastian Weigle; Anselm Weber; Oper Frankfurt; Kaspar Glarner; Anja Kampe; Dmitry Golovnin

Frankfurt am MainRadamisto

Handel: Radamisto, HWV 12a, b
Simone Di Felice; Tilmann Köhler; Oper Frankfurt; Karoly Risz; Susanne Uhl; Dmitry Egorov; Zanda Švēde
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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A straightforward Rheingold in Frankfurt

Katharina Magiera, Britta Stallmeister, Jenny Carlstedt (Rhinemaidens) and Jochen Schmeckenbecher © Monika Rittershaus (2009)
Sebastian Weigle leads a somewhat light-footed but satisfying account with a fine orchestra and good ensemble of singers in an architecturally stunning production.
***11
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Opera of utmost truthfulness

Mieczysław Weinberg's opera The Passenger tells a story that retains a strong grip on the audience - an impressive experience at Frankfurt Opera.
*****
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La vestale als symbolträchtige Revue am Theater an der Wien

Elza van den Heever (Julia) © Werner Kmetitsch
Trotz aller Schwächen lohnt ein Besuch, auch wenn man manchmal beide Augen zudrücken muss.
***11
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Die Gedanken sind freudlos: Lady Macbeth von Mzensk in Frankfurt

Anja Kampe (Katerina Ismailowa) © Barbara Aumüller
Anja Kampe brilliert als Katerina Ismailova in Schostakowitschs letzter Oper.
***11
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