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Performer: Margarita Nekrasova

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BerlinDie BassaridenNew production

Günter Papendell (Pentheus) and Sean Panikkar (Dionysus) © Monika Rittershaus
Henze: The Bassarids
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Tanja Ariane Baumgartner; Margarita Nekrasova
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Nocturnal orgies versus controlled reason

Günter Papendell (Pentheus) and Sean Panikkar (Dionysus) © Monika Rittershaus
Sophisticated interpretation of The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze at the Komische Oper Berlin
*****
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Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan

Barrie Kosky’s visually stunning and very finely sung Eugene Onegin from Komische Oper reaches Edinburgh, a triumphant showcase for soprano Asmik Grigorian.

****1
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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Kosky's compelling Onegin returns to the Komische Ope

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de (2016)
Tchaikovsky's opera packs a powerful emotional punch in the Komische Oper's concentrated and dreamlike production.
****1
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Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

Olga Bezsmertna (Tatyana) and Peter Mattei (Onegin) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s atypically conservative production of the Russian classic was marked by musical direction and vocal performances of the highest order.
****1
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