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Performer: Martina Janková

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PragueMartina Janková and Musica Florea

Czech Philharmonic
Handel, Bononcini
Marek Štryncl; Martina Janková; Musica Florea
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Cleveland Orchestra Chorus shines in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang

The Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Franz Welser-Möst © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst returned to his home orchestra in a program of works by Křenek and Mendelssohn, as starkly contrasting as they are infrequently heard.
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Bartoli fireworks bring down the house in Zurich

Lawrence Brownlee (Don Ramiro) and Cecilia Bartoli (Angelina) © Monika Rittershaus (2015)

Nothing on New Year’s Eve could have been more festive than the spirited production of Rossini’s La Cenerentola that Zurich Opera staged with Cecelia Bartoli in the lead role.

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Exploring late Bartók and Schubert in Cleveland

Franz Welser-Möst, Mitsuko Uchida and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni for The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst thoughtfully paired Schubert’s final mass with Bartók’s final piano concerto, the latter featuring Mitsuko Uchida in her 100th Cleveland Orchestra appearance.
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Cleveland Orchestra opens 100th season with a stunning Cunning Little Vixen

The Cleveland Orchestra's stage projections © © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra’s centennial season was off to an auspicious start with an encore presentation of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen.
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Ambiguity, half-truth, obfuscation

Martina Janková (Mélisande) and Elliot Madore (Pelléas) © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst led a radiant performance of Debussy’s operatic masterpiece directed by Yuval Sharon, starring Elliot Madore, Martina Janková, and Hanno Müller-Brachmann.
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