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Performer: Karl-Heinz Steffens

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PragueLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Jiří Štrunc; Arnaud Bernard; Prague State Opera; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Alessandro Camera; Maria Carla Ricotti; Jitka Slavíková

PragueTristan und IsoldeNew production

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Karl-Heinz Steffens; Keith Warner; Prague State Opera; Boris Kudlička; Kaspar Glarner; Magdalena Anna Hofmann; Heiko Börner
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PragueGala Concert for the Reopening of the Prague State Opera

Wagner, Lehár, Mozart, Janáček, Zemlinsky, Strauss R., Smetana, Puccini, Martinů, Tchaikovsky, Schreker, Beethoven
Prague State Opera Orchestra; Karl-Heinz Steffens; Prague State Opera Chorus
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Compassion and solace in Brahms’ German Requiem

Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
At Sunday’s Philharmonia Orchestra concert, guest conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens paired the Requiem with the composer’s autumnal Clarinet Quintet.
*****
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A disappointing evening with the Philharmonia

Esther Yoo © Marco Borggreve
Tchaikovsky came off better than Brahms in a concert conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens. 
**111
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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Keeping up appearances: Pelléas et Mélisande

Susanna Hurrell (Mélisande) and Edward Nelson (Pelléas) © Erik Berg
After over a century, Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande finally received its Norwegian première in a fascinating production by Barbora Horáková Joly.
****1
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Meaty Brahms from Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Philharmonia

Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
Continuing the 'German Romantic' series, Steffens and the Philharmonia gave an indulgent performance, culminating in a thrilling account of Brahms' Third.
****1
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Bluster and reserve: German romantics from the Philharmonia

Rousing performances of Beethoven and Brahms from Karl-Heinz Steffens and the Philharmonia came either side of a polished, but slightly reserved, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.
***11
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