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Performer: Orlin Anastassov

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Loy's minimalist staging clarifies Khovanshchina in Amsterdam

Dimitry Ivashchenko (Ivan Khovansky) © Monika Rittershaus
Christof Loy’s minimalist staging for Khovanshchina at Dutch National Opera has the advantage of clarifying a reputedly fragmented plot. 
****1
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Terry Gilliam’s spectacular Benvenuto Cellini arrives in Amsterdam

The task sounded Herculean: turning Benvenuto Cellini, that reputedly difficult, flawed work by Berlioz, into an utterly entertaining show that renders justice to its youthfully energetic music. This is what Terry Gilliam manages to pull off... and it is nothing short of miraculous.
****1
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Teatro di San Carlo: Aida

Cirque du Soleil producer Franco Dragone's new Aida for the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples aimed to scrub off all the bombast from this triumphalistic work. The eccentricities of the production led to a poor-quality outcome, though there was some fine singing.
***11
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Houleuse Aïda à Bastille : sous les huées, la rage

Anita Rachvelshvili (Amneris) © Guergana Damianova / OnP
Loin de toute la monumentalité qui a pu rendre indigestes les belles mélopées et accents verdiens, souvent cantonnées aux grandes pompes et à un logos lourdement orientaliste, cet opéra à l’écriture pourtant raffinée, et à la profondeur mésestimée, méritait une telle relecture.
***11
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Un nouveau Barbier à l'Opéra Bastille

Originalement conçue, cette nouvelle production de l'opéra de Rossini a tout pour séduire, nous divertir et nous suprendre.
*****
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