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Performer: Claudia Mahnke

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Frankfurt am MainHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Michael Sanderling; Keith Warner; Oper Frankfurt; Jason Southgate; Julia Müer; Bianca Andrew; Judita Nagyová

MunichDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg

© Wilfried Hösl
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kirill Petrenko; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Julia Kleiter; Benjamin Bruns
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Prom 18: Time stands still in Das Lied von der Erde

Edward Gardner © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The final song seemed to last both an eternity and no time at all.
****1
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A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
The chance to watch their finely gauged interpretation unfold on the Royal Festival Hall platform was a privilege.
****1
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A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Christian Thielemann led a memorable performance of Strauss's chamber opera Ariadne auf Naxos with a strong cast in a new straightforward production by David Hermann.
*****
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Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Michael Volle and Klaus Florian Vogt demonstrate that they are indeed master singers in Munich, despite adversity, in a revival of David Bösch's contemporary production.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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