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Performer: Harriet Williams

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Slim-line Rheingold opens at Grimeborn Festival

Paul Carey Jones (Wotan) © Lidia Crisafulli
Jonathan Dove's lean reduction of Wagner’s score for just 18 players is performed at the Grimeborn Festival in Julia Burbach's staging. 
****1
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A vivid Street Scene at the Teatro Real

Joel Prieto (Sam) and Mary Bevan (Rose) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Weill's neglected "American Opera" opens in Madrid with a refurbished production by John Fulljames and a strong cast led by Patricia Racette.
***11
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A flesh and blood Tristan at Longborough

Stuart Pendred (Kurwenal) © Matthew Williams-Ellis
A passionate revival of Longborough's 2015 production with outstanding performances from the principals.  
****1
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The root of all evil: The Miserly Knight

Vladimir Jurowski is a wily programmer. Pairing a concert performance of Rachmaninov's The Miserly Knight with extracts from Das Rheingold seemed a shrewd move.
***11
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The cycle concludes: Götterdämmerung at the Royal Opera

Monumental in scale and scope, Götterdämmerung is a work to which it is hard to be indifferent. For many, the idea of an evening of fantasy opera lasting nearly seven hours is unimaginable, so uncongenial is the subject material and so great the attention span demanded.
*****
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