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Performer: Peter Stein

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Mixed results as Fierrabras premieres at La Scala

Peter Sonn (Eginhard) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Harding's grasp of the work's architecture that provides overall coherence. That, combined with the pithy, pulsing core he forges at its heart, makes this performance as engaging as it is polished.
***11
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A fine musical display in Don Carlos

Ekaterina Semenchuk (Eboli) and Theresa Zisser (Tebaldo) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Were it not for a sterling musical display, built on the shoulders of bass Ferruccio Furlanetto and conductor Myung-whun Chung, this could have been a very long night indeed.
****1
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Laura Aikin a magnificent Emilia Marty in Vienna

Heinz Zednik (Hauk-Šendorf) and Laura Aikin (Emilia Marty) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
It took Vienna State Opera almost 90 years to present Leos Janacek's Věc Makropulos, but in Peter Stein's production, it was worth the wait.
****1
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A Verdian feast in La Scala's full fat Aida

With elegant sets and superlative musicianship, Verdi came to life in the House where he is revered most. This musical feast will have us licking our lips for some time yet.
*****
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Simon Boccanegra tritt in Wien in große Fußstapfen

Marina Rebeka (Amelia Grimaldi), Simone Piazzola (Simon Boccanegra), Fabio Sartori (Gabriele Adorno) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Peter Steins Inszenierung spiegelt gekonnt ein Werk wider, in dem sich musikalische Schlichtheit und üppiger Klang abwechseln.
***11
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