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Performer: Mikhail Petrenko

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RotterdamBerlioz La damnation de Faust

Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Valery Gergiev; Rotterdam Symphony Chorus; Mariinsky Theatre Chorus; Nieuw Amsterdams Kinderkoor; Yulia Matochkina

PhiladelphiaElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Joe Miller; Jonathon Loy; Christine Goerke; Michaela Martens; Amber Wagner

ViennaDer feurige EngelNew production

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Constantin Trinks; Andrea Breth; Theater an der Wien; Martin Zehetgruber; Carla Teti; John Lundgren; Aušrinė Stundytė
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Gergiev conducts a grandiose Khovanshchina at La Scala

Evgenia Muraveva (Emma) and Mikhail Petrenko (Khovansky) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
In Khovanshchina, even more so than in Boris Godunov, the chorus is the chief protagonist and the La Scala chorus was truly astonishing.
****1
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Elektra's misery: up close and personal at The Met

Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Mikhail Petrenko (Orest) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
"She commands the stage, she commands the notes, she commands the tension": Christine Goerke's portrayal of Elektra haunts The Met. 
*****
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Nabucco at La Scala

Mikhail Petrenko (Zaccaria) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
This was a performance that had you lickng your lips for Santi’s return next season with Zeffirelli’s time-honoured take on Aida.
***11
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Explosive drama in Ivan the Terrible

Gérard Depardieu © Todd Rosenberg Photography
The CSO’s season-long celebration of Prokofiev’s 125th birthday had its watershed moment with the composer’s monumental score to Ivan the Terrible.
*****
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Star turns in Met's new Roméo et Juliette

Diana Damrau (Juliette) and Vittorio Grigòlo (Roméo) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
Vittorio Grigòlo and Diana Damrau repeated and cemented their intense on-stage relationship at the Met in Bartlett Sher's new production of Roméo et Juliette.
****1
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