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Performer: Kostas Smoriginas

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VilniusCarmen

Carmen
Bizet: Carmen
Robertas Šervenikas; Arnaud Bernard; Maria Carla Ricotti; Justina Gringytė; Andris Ludvigs

VilniusLe nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)

Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Martynas Staškus; Emilio Sagi; Daniel Bianco; Renata Schussheim; Joana Gedmintaitė; Lina Dambrauskaite

BostonTristan und Isolde, Act 3

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Andris Nelsons; Emily Magee; Jonas Kaufmann; Günther Groissböck; Kostas Smoriginas

New York CityBoston Symphony Orchestra: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Act III (concert performance)

Wagner: Tristan and Isolde: Act III
Andris Nelsons; Emily Magee; Jonas Kaufmann; Kostas Smoriginas; Boston Symphony Orchestra

CologneTristan und IsoldeNew production

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
François-Xavier Roth; Patrick Kinmonth; Oper Köln; Darko Petrovic; Annina von Pfuel; Ingela Brimberg; Peter Seiffert
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
****1
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires

Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetshina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Interesting ideas and a brilliant orchestral performance aren't enough to overcome a visually dull staging, predictable choreography and a lack of chemistry between the protagonists.
**111
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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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A thoughtful Don Giovanni at Santa Fe

Daniel Okilitch (Don Giovanni) and Solomon Howard (Commendatore) © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
In Ron Daniels' production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni at Santa Fe Opera, the specter of death and the possibility of judgment is always center stage. 
****1
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