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Performer: José Cura

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PragueNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
Jiří Štrunc; José Cura; Prague State Opera; Silvia Collazuol; Jitka Slavíková
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A Cav & Pag with virtues and flaws at San Francisco Opera

Tango time © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
Tenor-turned-director José Cura transplants the action from southern Italy to Buenos Aires. 
***11
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A beautiful but lifeless Nabucco in Prague

Martin Bárta (Nabucco) © Patrik Borecký
José Cura shines as a designer but brings surprisingly little staging expertise to his latest directorial effort.
***11
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Tragic dignity and pathos from José Cura's Otello

José Cura (Otello) © Lorraine Wauters | Opéra Royal de Wallonie-Liège
Cura's powerful spinto tenor impressed from his opening “Esultate!” and left no doubt as to the Moor's authority.
****1
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José Cura's Scandinavian Bohème revived in Stockholm

La bohème © Emma Svensson (2015)
Strindberg, Munch, Grieg, and Kierkegaard eke out a living in a loft in Stockholm among the joys and sorrows of love and loss.
***11
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José Cura directs a Scandinavian Bohème

José Cura's new Bohème in Stockholm features Kierkegaard, Munch, Strindberg, and even Julbocken – but it's Daniele Callegari that proves the main draw.
***11
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Low voltage Carmen in Emma Dante's return to La Scala

On a balmy evening in Milan, there was anticipation in the air as queues stretched way back for a sold out performance of Carmen. But a flat atmosphere soon fell in the auditorium itself, with lacklustre singing and confused staging to blame.
**111
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