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Performer: Kristin Lewis

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TokyoLa Neuvième

Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony
Maurice Béjart; Béjart Ballet Lausanne; National Ballet of Tokyo; Zubin Mehta; Mihoko Fujimura; Kristin Lewis; Kei Fukui
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Amneris is the star of the Met's Aida revival

Dolora Zajick (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera (2009)
This revival of the Met's 30-year-old production of Aida had a disappointing debut in the title role but Dolora Zajick's reign as Amneris is still a force of nature.
***11
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Don Carlo revival fails to completely catch fire

Bryan Hymel (Don Carlo) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
Has Health and Safety finally caught up with the Spanish Inquisition? A flameless auto-da-fé and some low-key individual performances meant this revival took time to hit its stride. 
***11
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Jesting aside: La Scala revives Giordano's La cena delle beffe

A revival of a verismo rarity: Umberto Giordano's La cene delle beffe at La Scala. 
****1
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Verdi’s version of the Opera Ball

Young Russian coloratura soprano Maria Nazarova gets the Oscar. 
***11
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A Verdian feast in La Scala's full fat Aida

With elegant sets and superlative musicianship, Verdi came to life in the House where he is revered most. This musical feast will have us licking our lips for some time yet.
*****
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Teatro di San Carlo: Aida

Cirque du Soleil producer Franco Dragone's new Aida for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples aimed to scrub off all the bombast from this triumphalistic work. The eccentricities of the production led to a poor-quality outcome, though there was some fine singing.
***11
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