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Performer: Mari Eriksmoen

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GenevaPelléas et Mélisande

Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) and Mari Eriksmoen (Mélisande) © Grand Théâtre de Genève | Magali Dougados
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Jonathan Nott; Damien Jalet; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Marina Abramović; Iris van Herpen; Urs Schönebaum; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
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A hi-gloss Pelléas et Mélisande falls flat in Geneva

Jacques Imbrailo (Pelléas) and Mari Eriksmoen (Mélisande) © Grand Théâtre de Genève | Magali Dougados
Heroes emerge in adversity, and there are sterling turns from Leigh Melrose as a pugilistic Golaud and from the venerable Arkel of Matthew Best.
**111
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A persuasively dark Don Giovanni from Swedish Radio

Peter Mattei (Don Giovanni), Mari Eriksmoen (Donna Anna) © Mikael Grönberg | Sveriges Radio
Andrew Staples creates an austere, monochrome semi-staging that's strangely appropriate to the times; Peter Mattei and John Lundgren lead an excellent cast.
****1
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A Clemenza to pardon at Theater an der Wien

Nicole Chevalier (Vitellia) © Werner Kmetitsch
Sam Brown's sparse production leaves nothing to focus on but the individual protagonists on stage. 
***11
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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An unforgettable Parsifal in Berlin

Nina Stemme, Simon Rattle, Stuart Skelton and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
After staged performances in Baden Baden, the Berlin Phil's Parsifal is presented in concert at the Philharmonie, with a couple of key cast changes. 
*****
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