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Performer: Hrachuhí Bassénz

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DresdenLes HuguenotsNew production

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Alexander Vedernikov; Peter Konwitschny; Dresden State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Venera Gimadieva; Štěpánka Pučálková

DresdenLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Daniele Callegari; Christine Mielitz; Dresden State Opera; John Fiore; Speranza Scappucci; Peter Heilein

DresdenLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Daniele Callegari; Christine Mielitz; Dresden State Opera; Pietro Rizzo; Antonino Fogliani; Peter Heilein

DresdenLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Omer Meir Wellber; Johannes Erath; Dresden State Opera; Katrin Connan; Birgit Wentsch; TBC; Hrachuhí Bassénz

DresdenLes Contes d'Hoffmann

Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
John Fiore; Johannes Erath; Dresden State Opera; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Burkhard Fritz; Julia Muzychenko
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Folk rhythms and changing times in Dresden's Bartered Bride

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
What brought real distinction and authenticity to the evening, as so often in this house, was the outstanding playing of the Staatskapelle conducted by Tomaš Netopil. From the start of the overture with its rapidly scurrying fugato for strings and pointed phrasing from the woodwind one felt the true sense of Smetana’s Czech inflected rhythms and harmonies
***11
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Political intrigues at the Royal Opera as Boccanegra returns

Carlos Álvarez (Boccanegra) © ROH | Clive Barda
An impressively cast revival for Verdi's one-time neglected masterpiece at Covent Garden.
****1
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Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns in heavenly form

Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A terrific cast takes on the latest revival of Kasper Holten’s video-infused staging of Mozart’s opera buffa.
*****
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Maybe it’s make-believe: a curious Norma in Oslo

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Norma) © Erik Berg
The first staging of Bellini's Norma in Oslo in over a century is unfortunately hampered by an irritating production, yet some glorious singing does much to rescue the show.
**111
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