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Performer: Christof Hetzer

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ParisAidaNew production

Verdi: Aida
Michele Mariotti; Lotte de Beer; Opéra national de Paris; Christof Hetzer; Jorine van Beek; Elīna Garanča; Ksenia Dudnikova

ViennaRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Paolo Carignani; Pierre Audi; Vienna State Opera; Christof Hetzer; Quinn Kelsey; Nina Minasyan

ParisTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Giacomo Sagripanti; Pierre Audi; Opéra national de Paris; Dan Ettinger; Christof Hetzer; Robby Duiveman; Aleksandra Kurzak
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RomeTristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Daniele Gatti; Pierre Audi; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Christof Hetzer; Rachel Nicholls; Andreas Schager
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Perfect symbiosis of words and music in Fin de partie

Leonardo Cortellazzi (Nagg) © Ruth Walz

György Kurtág’s long awaited opera Fin de partie gets a second run in Amsterdam after its La Scala premiere, with the same excellent cast, conductor and production team.

*****
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Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Never before has human impotence been so cruelly portrayed on stage.
****1
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
In a successfully streamlined staging, Stefano Landi’s obscure, overpopulated opera got the royal treatment by a superior cast and orchestra.
****1
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
A strong cast, a lyrically simmering orchestra and lucid staging make this a Tristan und Isolde to treasure.
****1
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