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Performer: Jens Kilian

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StuttgartDon Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Karsten Januschke; Jossi Wieler; Oper Stuttgart; Jens Kilian; Teresa Vergho; Enzo Capuano; Beate Ritter
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A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

Max Emanuel Cenčić (Nerone) and Anna Prohaska (Poppea) © Bernd Uhlig
The Staatsoper's new L'incoronazione di Poppea is serious, intelligent but short on fire.
***11
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Frankfurt Ring concludes with a strong message

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Katharina Magiera, Britta Stallmeister, Jenny Carlstedt (Rhinemaidens) © Monika Rittershaus (2012)
Frankfurt Opera's 2012 production of Götterdämmerung with its emphasis on the contemporary human issues was a successful conclusion of the revived Ring.
****1
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A magnificent scherzo: Siegfried in Frankfurt

Vincent Wolfsteiner (Siegfried) © Barbara Aumüller
The third installament of the Ring in Frankfurt took full advantage of the architecturally ingenius set to complement great music making by the orchestra and singers.
****1
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Wotan and his women: Die Walküre in Frankfurt

James Rutherford (Wotan) and Rebecca Teem (Brünnhilde) © Barbara Aumüller
Day two of Frankfurt Ring featured impressive stage work and some superior musical performances, but it was not enough to create a perfect evening of opera.
***11
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A straightforward Rheingold in Frankfurt

Katharina Magiera, Britta Stallmeister, Jenny Carlstedt (Rhinemaidens) and Jochen Schmeckenbecher © Monika Rittershaus (2009)
Sebastian Weigle leads a somewhat light-footed but satisfying account with a fine orchestra and good ensemble of singers in an architecturally stunning production.
***11
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