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Performer: Ekaterina Gubanova

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BerlinLohengrinNew production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Roberto Alagna

ParisCapriccio

Strauss R.: Capriccio
Marc Albrecht; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Anthony Powell; Peter van Praet
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BarcelonaAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Norma

Bellini: Norma
Renato Palumbo; Kevin Newbury; Gran Teatre del Liceu; David Korins; Jessica Jahn; Sondra Radvanovsky; Ekaterina Gubanova
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Regietheater reigns supreme in Calixto Bieito's Berlin Lohengrin

Roberto Alagna (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus
Dressed in white, with an origami swan in his hand, Robert Alagna's Lohengrin is less a Grail knight than an absent-minded daydreamer.
****1
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A luxuriant Tristan und Isolde Act 2 from Noseda and the NSO

Stephen Gould (Tristan) and Christine Goerke (Isolde) © Scott Suchman

Wagner’s Liebestod-laden second act proves the ideal opera snapshot in Washington DC. 

****1
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Verdi's fresco in sound brought vividly to life

Edward Gardner © Benjamin Ealovega
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir paint a terrifying picture of hell and damnation at the Royal Festival Hall.
****1
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Michael Volle excels in a Walküre to remember in Berlin

Die Walküre © Monika Rittershaus (2011)
The Staatsoper Berlin celebrate the arrival of Michael Volle, a splendid Wotan, aided by a strong ensemble of singers and Daniel Barenboim's leadership.
*****
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A promising start to Staatsoper Berlin's Ring revival

Das Rheingold © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Daniel Barenboim led a performance of deliberate tempo with a great ensemble of singers.  Guy Cassiers‘ production, while visually stunning at times, does little to enhance the performance.
***11
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Bergen International Festival: Donald Trump sings Ligeti

Sara Hershkowitz © Thor Brødreskift
A surprise "artist" gatecrashes the Festival's closing concert
*****
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