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Performer: Gordon Bintner

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Frankfurt am MainLa serva padrona / Stabat materNew production

Pergolesi
Karsten Januschke; Katharina Thoma; Oper Frankfurt; Etienne Pluss; Irina Bartels; Simone Osborne; Kateryna Kasper
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Song of Destiny: Enescu's Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival

Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg's new staging of Enescu's operatic epic Oedipe is a visual and musical triumph.
****1
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Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin was binned by the Met but works wonderfully in its revival by the Canadian Opera Company COC with high class singing and acting from a young, engaging cast.
****1
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Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Camilla Nylund’s rich, ample voice bloomed in the glorious setting of the sonnet, cosseted by burnished horn playing, in Strauss' unsurpassed operatic farewell to the soprano voice.
****1
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Montreal's Christmas Oratorio a little naughty, mostly nice

It was no Christmas miracle, but the OSM's technically strong Bach concert brought a dignified kind of cheer to the most wonderful time of the year.
***11
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Whimsical fun for all ages at Salzburg's Barber

The children's Barber of Seville is too severely cut to have any substance, but fabulous playing and conducting, stellar young soloists, and an imaginative staging make it a fun afternoon.
***11
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L'Opéra de Montréal's Manon with Marianne Fiset

Manon was not only central to Jules Massenet’s claim to international celebrity after its creation in 1884, it remains at the heart of the operatic repertoire and Massenet’s popularity today. Manon returned to the stage of L’Opéra de Montréal on 18 May after a lengthy absence to close the company’s 2012/13 season.
***11
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