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Performer: Michael Thalheimer

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DüsseldorfMacbethNew production

Verdi: Macbeth
Axel Kober; Michael Thalheimer; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; TBC; Henrik Ahr; Michaela Barth; Boris Statsenko
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

Torsten Kerl (Énée) © Hans Jörg Michel (2016)
A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
***11
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Less is moor: a powerful, minimalist Otello in Düsseldorf

Jacquelyn Wagner (Desdemona), Boris Statsenko (Iago) and Zoran Todorovich (Otello) © Hans Jörg Michel
A fascinating, psychologically penetrating reading of Verdi’s penultimate opera, performed to the highest standards, promises much for the new season at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. 
*****
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Inside the mind of the Moor with Thalheimer's Otello in Antwerp

The unclear ideas and the excessive blackness in Thalheimer’s concept failed to convince, but Stoyanov and Joel’s presentation of Verdi’s score made up for those problems.
**111
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A dud bullet: Thalheimer’s Freischütz fires blanks

Director Michael Thalheimer staging Weber’s Der Freischütz entirely in the Wolf’s Glen, albeit relocated from a “fearsome forest gorge” to what looks like a badger’s sett. 
***11
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Soif de pouvoir et folie meurtrière : Macbeth à Anvers

Marina Prudenskaya (Lady Macbeth) et Craig Colclough (Macbeth) © Annemie Augustijns
La mise en scène de Michael Thalheimer va à l’essentiel dans Macbeth, dernière production du mandat d'Aviel Cahn à la tête de l’Opéra de Flandre.
****1
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