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Performer: Olesya Golovneva

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BerlinLes Huguenots

Les Huguenots
Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Alexander Vedernikov; David Alden; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Giles Cadle; Constance Hoffman; Erin Morley; Irene Roberts

DüsseldorfLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Davide Crescenzi; Andreas Homoki; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Marie Jacquot; Antonino Fogliani; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Gabriele Jaenecke

HelsinkiEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Alan Buribayev; Marco Arturo Marelli; Finnish National Opera; Dagmar Niefind-Marelli; Boris Pinkhasovich; Olesya Golovneva
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Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne

What do you do when 80 tonnes of water flood your theatre, your sets and costumes? Rescue, reshape and present what you can. That’s what Deutsche Oper am Rhein have had to do in Duisburg.

***11
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Grand opéra, grand singing: Les Huguenots

Olesya Golovneva (Valentine) and Juan Diego Flórez (Raoul) © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's little performed work is given an enthusiastic rendering, with star singing from a big cast led by Flórez, Ciofi and Jerkunica. David Alden's quality Personenregie makes up for some unconvincing setting choices.
****1
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A dream cast: Rigoletto at the Dresden Semperoper

Dating from 2008, the Semperoper’s current production of Rigoletto is quite intriguing. It’s set in what appears to be a swanky 21st-century Berlin apartment – industrial, sparse and effortlessly cool – and in many ways this is an interesting choice.
***11
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