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Performer: Gidon Saks

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Madrid150 años de la muerte de Hector Berlioz, 3

150 años de la muerte de Hector Berlioz, 3
Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE; Pablo González; Allan Clayton; Agunda Kulaeva; Gidon Saks; José Coca Loza

RouenMacbeth Underworld

Dusapin: Macbeth Underworld
Franck Ollu; Thomas Jolly; Opéra de Rouen Normandie; Bruno de Lavenère; Sylvette Dequest; Katarina Bradić; Georg Nigl
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Anchors askew in Prague

Štefan Margita	 (Captain Vere) © Patrik Borecký
Invigorating in the pit, Britten’s Billy Budd never gets its sea legs on the National Theatre stage.
***11
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A very fine Rakes Progress at the EIF

A successful concert hall Rake's Progress at the Edinburgh International Festival with an impressively strong cast of singers, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Royal Conservatoire Voices under Sir Andrew Davis.
****1
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All at sea in Berlin: Billy Budd at the Deutsche Oper

Deutsche Oper Berlin’s Billy Budd, although musically satisfying, suffers through an ambiguously set production. 
***11
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner at 70 with the LSO and Stravinsky

There’s something quite strongly “neoclassical” about the whole historically-informed performance movement. Someone like Sir John Eliot Gardiner, who has championed the use of detailed historical knowledge of performance practice and instruments, has never actually been attempting to transport us all back to the 18th century. That would be futile, obviously.
*****
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The progress of a rake in Berlin: Krzysztof Warlikowski's production with the Staatsoper

It’s not often that operas in English get performed in Germany, and so I was somewhat surprised to see such a large and important company as the Berliner Staatsoper taking on Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress.
***11
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