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Performer: Magdalena Kožená

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New York CityDer Rosenkavalier

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Sir Simon Rattle; Robert Carsen; Metropolitan Opera; Paul Steinberg; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Camilla Nylund; Katie van Kooten

BerlinIdomeneoNew production

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Sir Simon Rattle; Sir David McVicar; Staatsoper Berlin; Vicki Mortimer; Andrew Staples; Magdalena Kožená
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Magdalena Kožená and friends at Alice Tully Hall

Kaspar Zehnder, Simon Rattle, Magdalena Kožená and Dávid Adorján © Kevin Yatarola, courtesy of Lincoln Center
In music by Janaček and Dvořák, Kožená seemed to just enjoy the freedom to perform in her native idiom. 
****1
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Spliced: Mozart, Magdalena and the OAE mix it up

Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
Mozart's Symphony no. 40 gets the chop, split into four movements interspersed with arias sung by Czech mezzo Magdalena Kožená. 
****1
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Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper's Hippolyte et Aricie

Reinoud Van Mechelen (Hippolyte), Anna Prohaska (Aricie), Staatsopernchor © Karl and Monika Forster
Excellent musical performances are confounded by clumsy, unimaginative staging in Rameau's explosive first opera.
**111
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Prom 48: Rattle and the LSO play Ravel

Magdalena Kožená in L'Enfant et les sortilèges © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Neither Simon Rattle nor Magdalena Kožena could resist a tendency to add sentiment.
***11
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From Rameau to Mahler: Rattle and Kožená entertain in wide-ranging LSO programme

Magdalena Kožená © Oleg Rostovtsev
Rattle’s versatility was on display in the wide range of the menu, yet he found greater affinity in Schubert and Mahler than in French Baroque. 
***11
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