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Performer: Paul Groves

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Tchaikovsky’s tale of dark obsession sparkles with notable Met debuts

Igor Golovatenko (Yeletsky) and Lise Davidsen (Lise) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
The young soprano Lise Davidsen scored a successful debut at the Met, with impressive support by conductor Vasily Petrenko, also making a debut, led a memorable revival of Pique Dame
****1
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Salonen and Sellars preside over close of LA Phil Stravinsky series

Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Salonen brings his Stravinsky retrospective to a close with a pair of Greek-inspired scores. 
***11
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The Met's Merry Widow fails to convince

Susan Graham (Hanna Glawari) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
A conventional and quite predictable staging of Lehár’s most famous operetta was saved by dedicated musicians.
***11
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Dutoit leads The Damnation of Faust with the Boston Symphony

Paul Groves and Charles Dutoit © Hilary Scott
John Relyea owns the stage as Méphistophélès in Boston Symphony’s Faust
****1
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A sensuous Das Lied von der Erde in Cleveland

Michelle DeYoung © Kristin Hoebermann
  Michelle DeYoung and Paul Groves were the soloists in Mahler’s late “symphony with solo voices.” The concert opened with a classically balanced reading of Schubert’s “Unfinished” symphony.
***11
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Plumbing the dramatic depths of Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette

After being absent since December, music director Riccardo Muti returned to Chicago Symphony in a passionate account of the epic Roméo et Juliette by Berlioz.
****1
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