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Performer: Rafał Siwek

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AmsterdamVerdi's Aida

Dutch National Opera (De Nationale Opera)
Verdi: Aida
Andrea Battistoni; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Dutch National Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Anita Rachvelishvili; Yonghoon Lee

MunichRigoletto

© Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Rigoletto
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Árpád Schilling; Bavarian State Opera; Márton Ágh; Željko Lučić; Sofia Fomina
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A low profile staging for Nabucco in Naples

Giovanni Meoni (Nabucco) © Luciano Romano
Jean-Paul Scarpitta’s San Carlo staging was almost as minimal as a biblical oratorio.
***11
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Thrilling singing in Simon Boccanegra at the Concertgebouw

Conductor James Gaffigan © Daniela Kienzler
Verdi voices that make one sit up and listen made this a memorable matinee.
****1
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Rigoletto is mad but the singing is fine

Luca Salsi (Rigoletto) © Clärchen & Matthias Baus
Damiano Michieletto’s intriguing production of Rigoletto is set in a mental hospital, and sidelines emotion in favour of analysis. The singing, on the other hand, is heartfelt and exciting.
***11
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Munich Don Carlo in fifty shades of black

Better conducting and supertitles would also help breathe life into this drab revival of Bayerische Staatsoper's Don Carlo.
**111
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Rigoletto in Munich features good musical performances, but little else

Strong playing and singing aren't enough to make the Bayerische Staatsoper's Rigoletto a compelling evening out.
**111
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