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Performer: Liudmyla Monastyrska

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MunichMacbeth

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Macbeth
Giampaolo Bisanti; Martin Kušej; Bavarian State Opera; Martin Zehetgruber; Werner Fritz; Željko Lučić; Liudmyla Monastyrska
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MadridAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Aida

AVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Aida
Verdi: Aida
Nicola Luisotti; Hugo de Ana; Teatro Real; Violeta Urmana; Gregory Kunde; George Gagnidze
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La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell

Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
Short of the three lead stars of its opening, The Royal Opera's La forza del destino remains a thrilling evening, powered by Christof Loy's interesting staging and virile singing from Christopher Maltman.
****1
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
***11
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A dusty Aida revived at the Teatro Real

Aida at Teatro Real © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
In a disappointing revival of Hugo de Ana's clichéd and clumsy production, Liudmyla Monastyrska and Violeta Urmana confronted each other with their superb vocal techniques and diverging styles.
***11
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Nabucco goes to Hollywood

Plácido Domingo (Nabucco) © Ken Howard | LA Opera
Monstyrska dominates as Abigaille, Domingo brings his unique baritenor style to the title role, Thaddeus Strassberger creates a riot of colour and antiquarian style.
****1
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A Nabucco lacking a central baritone at The Met

Liudmyla Monastyrska (Abigaille) and Plácido Domingo (Nabucco) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Elijah Moshinsky’s 15-year old production of Verdi’s Nabucco has returned to the Met, ostensibly as a vehicle for Placido Domingo.
***11
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An occasion to celebrate an enduring masterpiece

Ekaterina Gubanova (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
The return of the Met's Aida was a joyous celebration of the art form with excellent singers and orchestra doing what they do best against the backdrop of a traditional but effective staging.
***11
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