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Performer: Elchin Azizov

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VailTosca: A Premiere Opera Production

Puccini: Tosca
Philadelphia Orchestra; Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Julianna Di Giacomo; Yusif Eyvazov; Elchin Azizov; Richard Bernstein

New York CitySimon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Carlo Rizzi; Giancarlo del Monaco; Metropolitan Opera; Michael Scott; Carlos Álvarez; Dmitry Belosselskiy

New York CityManon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Richard Farnes; Sir Richard Eyre; Metropolitan Opera; Rob Howell; Fotini Dimou; Sonya Yoncheva; Marcelo Álvarez

ParisTchaïkovski / Mazeppa

Tchaikovsky: Mazeppa
Tugan Sokhiev; Bolshoi Opera; Anna Nechaeva; Elena Manistina; Oleg Dolgov; Elchin Azizov
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Off-the-mark Iolanta, but a terrifying Bluebeard at the Met

Angela Denoke (Judith) and Gerald Finley (Bluebeard) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Mariusz Treliński's double bill pairing returns to the Metropolitan Opera with fine performances from Sonya Yoncheva and Gerald Finley in the leads. 
****1
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A chiaroscuro-free, shiny Samson et Dalila at The Met

Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
The Met's new season opens with a new Samson et Dalila only marginally more trashy than Saint-Saëns’ peculiar brand of kitschy orientalism.
***11
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Macbeth, Thane of Wall Street

Elchin Azizov (Macbeth) and Susanna Branchini (Lady Macbeth) © Stofleth
In Lyon, Daniele Rustioni drives through a pulsating reading of Macbeth, Ivo van Hove's imaginative setting not always fully backed by the vocal performances.
***11
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The Tsar’s Bride: a powerhouse of dramatic detail

Rimsky-Korsakov's opera remain rarities outside Russia, but the Bolshoi Opera made The Tsar’s Bride the anchor of this year's Hong Kong Arts Festival programme. 
****1
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From darkness to light and back again

The Met's première of Iolanta and Bluebeard's Castle, delayed by snow, opened with powerful singing and deeply effective staging. Iolanta showcased beautiful singing from the principals, while Bluebeard's Castle showed off brilliant playing by the Met Orchestra.
****1
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