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Performer: Dimitry Ivashchenko

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ZürichFidelio

Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Markus Poschner; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Andreas Schager; Oliver Widmer

AmsterdamRusalkaNew production

Rusalka
Dvořák: Rusalka
Jakub Hrůša; Philipp Stölzl; Dutch National Opera; Heike Vollmer; Anke Winkler; Eleonora Buratto; Brian Jagde

ParisPrince IgorNew production

Borodin: Prince Igor
Philippe Jordan; Barrie Kosky; Opéra national de Paris; Rufus Didwiszus; Klaus Bruns; Ildar Abdrazakov; Elena Stikhina

ParisBeethoven / Riccardo Chailly

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orchestre de Paris; Riccardo Chailly; Chœur de l'Orchestre de Paris; Christina Landshamer; Gerhild Romberger; Steve Davislim

ParisL'Or du RhinNew production

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Philippe Jordan; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Iain Paterson; Lauri Vasar
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Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan

Barrie Kosky’s visually stunning and very finely sung Eugene Onegin from Komische Oper reaches Edinburgh, a triumphant showcase for soprano Asmik Grigorian.

****1
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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A boon for Beethoven buffs in Vienna

René Jacobs © Molina Visuals
Beethoven lovers were expecting an authentic recreation of the first version of Fidelio but instead they got Leonore à la Jacobs.
***11
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Loy's minimalist staging clarifies Khovanshchina in Amsterdam

Dimitry Ivashchenko (Ivan Khovansky) © Monika Rittershaus
Christof Loy’s minimalist staging for Khovanshchina at Dutch National Opera has the advantage of clarifying a reputedly fragmented plot. 
****1
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