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Performer: Jürgen Hoffmann

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ZürichDon Carlo

© Judith Schlosser
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez

ViennaAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Christian Thielemann; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Jürgen Hoffmann; Camilla Nylund

ViennaRusalka

Dvořák: Rusalka
Tomáš Hanus; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Kristine Opolais; Piotr Beczała
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Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera in Zurich: a danse macabre of pallid beauty

George Petean (Renato Anckarstroem) © Judith Schlosser
That both the lead and a second key role were ill and couldn’t sing did not bode well, yet this performance of Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera shook up the house nonetheless.
****1
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A delightful confection in Zurich

L'elisir d'amore © Judith Schlosser (2015)
The charm of Gaetano Donizetti’s spirited two-act L’elisir d’amore lies in its mixture of sharp comedy and poignant pathos. Zurich gave us just that.
****1
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Torments, caprice and folly in Zurich

Men unfaithful out of habit? Sheer madness to trust a woman? These were the great themes of what has proven to be Mozart’s most popular opera.
****1
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A refreshing Così fan tutte in Zurich

In Mozart’s marvellous Così fan tutte, what begins as a harmless wager around what women left alone will do suddenly balloons into a major calamity. 
****1
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Jens-Daniel Herzog’s Orlando in Zurich

Jens-Daniel Herzog sets his new Orlando in a sanatorium where, pulled between his love for a woman and his passion for war, the protagonist is trying to recover his sanity.
****1
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Darkly poignant, mysteriously stylish: Rusalka in Vienna

Revival of a 2014 production of Rusalka in Vienna was a great success musically with a splendid cast headed by last minute replacement Camillal Nylund.
****1
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