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Performer: Ivana Rusko

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CologneTurandot

Puccini: Turandot
Christoph Gedschold; Lydia Steier; Oper Köln; Momme Hinrichs; Ursula Kudrna; Anna Smirnova; Catherine Foster
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

Stefan Cerny (Rocco) and Emma Bell (Leonore) © Paul Leclaire
In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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Traviata in the here and now

Sonya Yoncheva shines in a production which proves that the story of Verdi's opera still feels current today.
*****
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Handel’s Messiah at the Tonhalle

George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is pretty much everybody’s favourite Easter oratorio, and it proved no less so for the Zurich audience on Good Friday at the Tonhalle.
***11
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Zürich Opera gives virtuosic ensemble performance in Monteverdi's Ulisse

Seeing Zürich Opera’s new production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria made me wonder why this is the least performed of Monteverdi's three surviving operas. 
****1
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