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Performer: Rodolphe Briand

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ParisSalomé

Strauss R.: Salome
Henrik Nánási; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Théâtre des Champs-Elysées; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Felice Ross; Patricia Petibon

ParisCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Varduhi Abrahamyan; Charles Castronovo
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A superb, sinister Hoffmann at Dutch National Opera

Nina Minasyan (Olympia) © Baus
Selectively unearthed from current critical editions, this fabulously performed new Hoffmann plumbs the murky depths of its antihero’s psyche.
*****
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Petibon shines in Olivier Py's ambitious Manon

A Manon as sexy and unsteady as its heroine.
****1
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Leather and velvet: Budapest FO's Magic Flute

Iván Fischer's staged concert had its flaws, but some original ideas and a strong cast gave an impressive performance.
****1
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Iván Fischer's Mostly Mozart Figaro is fresh and fun

In his program note, conductor-director Iván Fischer describes his Mostly Mozart Festival production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro as a staged concert. His agenda sounds serious: “This is my attempt to bring theater and music closer to each other, to create a new natural harmony.” He asks for a new era in opera production, seeking “organic unity” between music and theater.
****1
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Manon à l’assaut de Bastille : prise de rôle pour Pretty Yende

Pretty Yende (Manon) © Julien Benhamou / Opéra national de Paris
Dans cette nouvelle production mise en scène par Vincent Huguet, la Manon de Pretty Yende convainc, le Des Grieux de Benjamin Bernheim enthousiasme mais la direction musicale de Dan Ettinger engloutit l’ensemble.
***11
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