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Performer: Concentus Musicus Wien

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ViennaGiulio Cesare in EgittoNew production

Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
Ivor Bolton; Keith Warner; Theater an der Wien; Ashley Martin-Davis; Mark Jonathan; David Haneke

ViennaL'OrfeoNew production

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo (Orpheus), SV318
Pablo Heras-Casado; Tom Morris; Vienna State Opera; Anna Fleischle; James Farncombe; Finn Ross
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Baroque modernity: Jan Lauwers’ Poppea at the Wiener Staatsoper

Kate Lindsey’s voice is luminous, effortlessly regulated in every register, and intertwined magically with the gleaming soprano of Slávka Zámečníková, a very special new jewel in the Staatsoper ensemble who is every inch a star.
*****
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A Clemenza to pardon at Theater an der Wien

Sam Brown's sparse production leaves nothing to focus on but the individual protagonists on stage. 
***11
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Harnoncourt offers a richly varied Le nozze di Figaro in Vienna

It often takes time to adjust to Nikolaus Harnoncourt's tempi, but this concert performance of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro enabled the audience to discover new colours in a well known score. 
***11
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Harnoncourt's Fidelio sees a remarkable directing debut in Vienna

The Theater an der Wien has a storied history with Fidelio, having hosted the première of the work’s first and second versions in 1805 and 1806 respectively.
****1
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A visually brilliant but serious Zauberflöte at the Salzburg Festival

The new Zauberflöte at this summer’s Salzburg Festival is a visually brilliant production with sets tailored to the atmospheric venue of the Felsenreitschule (for people not familiar with Salzburg, this is where the singing contest was held in the film The Sound of Music).
****1
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