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Performer: Massimo Giordano

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Sir John Falstaff as a Berliner in Mario Martone’s Staatsoper staging

Zubin Mehta leads a great cast in a revival of a successful production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Staatsoper in Berlin
****1
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

Saioa Hernández leads a solid cast in Dresden in a somewhat disappointing new production by David Bösch.

***11
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Overflowing with emotions: Adriana Lecouvreur

Musically and scenically sumptuous melodrama with a solid cast in Karlsruhe.
*****
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Norma in Munich: dramatically solid but musically uninspiring

A good staging and good acting aren't enough to make up for musical shortcomings of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Norma
**111
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112 years in the making: Adriana Lecouvreur’s belated première in Vienna

It’s more than a little surprising that Francesco Cilea’s Adriana Lecouvreur is first gracing the stage of the Staatsoper in 2014, 112 years after its première.It is, therefore, disappointing that this co-production with Covent Garden is not more successful, despite its many excellent qualities.
***11
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Passion and patriotic fervor: Verdi's Attila in concert with Deutsche Oper Berlin

Attila, Verdi’s ode to Italy (one of them), made its world première in Venice to huge bursts of patriotic feeling. “You can have the universe, but leave Italy for me!” exclaimed the Roman general Ezio, and the audience erupted. Small wonder: the opera appeared at the height of the Risorgimento, when Italy was in the process of unifying into one state.
***11
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