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Performer: Étienne Dupuis

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AmsterdamJohn Adams' The Death of KlinghofferConcert performance

Het Concertgebouw
Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer
John Adams; Netherlands Radio Philharmonic (Radio Filharmonisch Orkest); Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Elizabeth DeShong; Étienne Dupuis

ParisCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Fabien Gabel; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Alberto Rodríguez Vega; Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris

ViennaEugen Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Tomáš Hanus; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Vienna State Opera; Maria Danilova; Gleb Filshtinsky; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
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MadridLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Paolo Carignani; Richard Jones; Teatro Real; Stewart Laing; Stephen Costello; Anita Hartig
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Musical excellence mired by stale production in the Met's Don Carlos

The Metropolitan Opera performs the original French version of Don Carlos for the first time with a distinguished ensemble of soloists, but the static production offers no new insights into the depth of Verdi's masterpiece.
****1
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Méphistophélès steals the show in Staatsoper's Faust

Adam Palka shines as the devil in this revival of Frank Castorf's multimedia staging that relocates the work to mid-20th century Paris, around the end of the Algerian War.
****1
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Rothko meets Rococo in the Staatsoper's new Il barbiere di Siviglia

A bit too much buffo and scenic sensory overload mar the otherwise new enjoyable Il barbiere di Siviglia in Vienna.

***11
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Gounod in the Time of Corona: Frank Castorf's many-layered Faust

Faust and Méphistophélès pal around like buddies in Castorf's multi-media staging, the devil here less diabolical and more anarchistic party-boy. 
****1
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Don Giovanni according to Ivo van Hove: a puritan despite himself?

Don Giovanni returns to the Palais Garnier. The production by Ivo van Hove lacks energy but is wonderfully served by a cast of great young talents.
***11
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Edward Gardner conducts Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ

Berlioz was well served in a performance that rose to heights of inspiring dignity and devotional beauty.
****1
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