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Performer: Matthias Hoffmann

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CologneTurandot

Puccini: Turandot
Christoph Gedschold; Lydia Steier; Oper Köln; Momme Hinrichs; Ursula Kudrna; Anna Smirnova; Catherine Foster

InnsbruckLakméNew production

Delibes: Lakmé
Seokwon Hong; Hinrich Horstkotte; Tiroler Landestheater Innsbruck; Nicolas Bovey; Svetlana Moskalenko; Anna-Maria Kalesidis
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

Stefan Cerny (Rocco) and Emma Bell (Leonore) © Paul Leclaire
In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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A high-spirited Don Giovanni at Nederlandse Reisopera

Aleš Jenis (Don Giovanni) and Anita Watson (Donna Anna) © Marco Borggreve
Director Jo Davies' staging of Mozart’s dramma giocoso for Nederlandse Reisopera is a high-spirited  affair packed with humour, where the emphasis is decidedly more on giocoso than on the dramma.
***11
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Die Göttin des Gemetzels: Strauss' Salome an der Oper Köln

Ingela Brimberg (Salome) © Paul Leclaire
François Xavier Roth gibt mit Salome in Köln sein Strauss-Operndebüt, das ebenso packend wie die Inszenierung von Ted Huffman ist.
****1
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Elizas Tanz am Rhein

Frederick Loewes My Fair Lady im englischen Original mit anspruchsvollem Bild an der Oper Köln.
***11
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