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Performer: Frank Castorf

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ViennaFaustNew production

Gounod: Faust
Bertrand de Billy; Frank Castorf; Vienna State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Nicole Car; Juan Diego Flórez

MunichDie VögelNew production

Die Vögel
Braunfels: The Birds (Die Vögel)
Ingo Metzmacher; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Wolfgang Koch; Caroline Wettergreen
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MunichDie VögelNew production

Caroline Wettergreen (Nachtigall) © Wilfried Hösl
Braunfels: The Birds (Die Vögel)
Ingo Metzmacher; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Lothar Baumgarte; Wolfgang Koch
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Russell Thomas (Don Alvaro) and Markus Brück (Don Carlo) © Thomas Aurin

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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Twilight zone: a stirring Bayreuth Götterdämmerung

Frank Castorf's controversial but supremely well-cast Ring cycle is provocative to the last.
****1
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Croc work: Siegfried teases at Bayreuth

Visual references both incongruous and perceptive abound in the third instalment of Bayreuth's musically triumphant Ring cycle.
****1
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Die Walküre blazes at Bayreuth

Singing, orchestral playing and scenic portrayal all combine to make a highly memorable second instalment of Wagner's Ring.
*****
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