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Performer: Lothar Koenigs

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New York CityKatya Kabanova

Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Lothar Koenigs; Sir Jonathan Miller; Metropolitan Opera; Robert Israel; Susanna Phillips; Pavel Černoch

OsloEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Lothar Koenigs; Christof Loy; Norwegian National Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Herbert Murauer; Audun Iversen; Svetlana Aksenova
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Met’s family-friendly Magic Flute vanquishes the forces of darkness

David Portillo (Tamino) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City's Metropolitan Opera restages its shorter, family-friendly version of Mozart's The Magic Flute with great music and delightful visuals.
*****
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Starry knight: a strong Lohengrin revival in Munich

Karita Mattila (Ortrud) and Anja Harteros (Elsa) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bavarian State Opera avoids the routine in a powerfully cast revival of Richard Jones' building-site production of Lohengrin.
****1
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Splendid ensemble in The Met's revival of La clemenza di Tito

Joyce DiDonato (Sesto) and Elza van den Heever (Vitellia) © Jonathan Tichler | Met Opera
The Met's revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1984 production of La clemenza di Tito is given a new breath of life with superb conducting and an excellent ensemble of singers.
****1
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Luminous performances lift heavy-metal Pelléas

Jurgita Adamonytė (Mélisande) and Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) © Clive Barda
Stellar voices and orcheatra and some inspired staging choices elevate an otherwise heavy-handed production of Pelléas et Mélisande from the WNO at the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
****1
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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