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Performer: Kasper Holten

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Highway to Hell: Don Giovanni returns to Covent Garden

Erwin Schrott (Don Giovanni) © ROH | Mark Douet
Kasper Holten's psychological take on the louche lothario remains controversial, but in its third revival, Erwin Schrott's powerful assumption of the title role is a delight.
***11
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Master masons: Holten’s Meistersinger comes to Melbourne

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Hans Sachs) © Jeff Busby
Having offered a strong feminist reading of Wagner's Ring, could Kasper Holten do the same again for Die Meistersinger? Opera Australia's co-production had moments of excellence, but ultimately left the viewer with more questions than answers
***11
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Hell is oneself: Don Giovanni returns in heavenly form

Mariusz Kwiecień (Don Giovanni) and Hrachuhí Bassénz (Donna Elvira) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A terrific cast takes on the latest revival of Kasper Holten’s video-infused staging of Mozart’s opera buffa.
*****
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A striking Carmen in Bregenz

Gaëlle Arquez (Carmen) and Scott Hendricks (Escamillo) © Bregenzer Festspiele | Karl Forster
This summer’s production of Bizet’s Carmen on the Seebühne stage in Bregenz offers a great spectacle. 
****1
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Don Giovanni: Into the abyss at the Liceu

Julia Lezhneva (Zerlina) and chorus © A. Bofill
A visually stunning production with a fine cast to match. 
****1
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