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Performer: Markus Werba

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LondonMahler: Symphony No. 1

© Rairomano
Mahler
Philharmonia Orchestra; Juraj Valčuha; Markus Werba

RomeZaide, K344 (K336b)

Mozart: Zaide, K344 (K336b)
Daniele Gatti; Graham Vick; Teatro dell'Opera di Roma; Italo Grassi; Chen Reiss; Juan Francisco Gatell
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Don Pasquale falls flat in Michieletto’s cruel comedy

Bryn Terfel (Don Pasquale) © ROH | Clive Barda
Sir Bryn Terfel relishes every nuance of the text, but Damiano Michieletto's reading of Donizetti's comedy is no laughing matter. 
**111
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Korngold's Die tote Stadt at La Scala for the first time: a triumph

Die Tote Stadt, Teatro alla Scala © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The wealth of visual images displayed by director Graham Vick goes with the extraordinary richness of Korngold's music.
****1
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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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The first modern staged performance of Paër’s Agnese in Turin

Markus Werba and Maria Rey-Joly © Edoardo Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
The Teatro Regio presents a Classical rarity with echoes of Mozart and anticipations of Rossini. Diego Fasolis conducts with imagination and spunk.
***11
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Mixed results as Fierrabras premieres at La Scala

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Harding's grasp of the work's architecture that provides overall coherence. That, combined with the pithy, pulsing core he forges at its heart, makes this performance as engaging as it is polished.
***11
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