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Performer: Susanne Gschwender

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HamburgFalstaffNew production

Verdi: Falstaff
Axel Kober; Calixto Bieito; Hamburg State Opera; Susanne Gschwender; Anja Rabes; Ambrogio Maestri; Maija Kovalevska

HamburgMessa da Requiem

Verdi: Messa da Requiem
Roberto Rizzi Brignoli; Calixto Bieito; Hamburg State Opera; Susanne Gschwender; Anja Rabes; Franck Evin; Janina Zell

HamburgOtello

Verdi: Otello
Paolo Carignani; Calixto Bieito; Hamburg State Opera; Susanne Gschwender; Ingo Krügler; José Cura; Andrzej Dobber

HannoverThe Greek PassionNew production

Martinů: The Greek Passion
Valtteri Rauhalammi; Barbora Horáková Joly; Staatsoper Hannover; Cameron Burns; Susanne Gschwender; Eva Maria van Acker; Magnus Vigilius
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Horse and Carthage: The Trojans in Nuremberg

Katrin Adel (Didon) and Mirko Roschkowski (Énée) © Ludwig Olah
A typically thought-provoking production of The Trojans from Calixto Bieito combines with a thrilling musical performance to compensate for a heavily fileted version of Berlioz's magnum opus.
****1
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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A devastating War Requiem in Oslo

Johannes Kammler © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's staging of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem is violent, shocking and uniquely powerful.
*****
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Une folle journée: Bieito's Platée

Bieito and Oper Stuttgart's Platée is a true riot, with outstanding vocal performances from Thomas Walker in the cross-dressing title role, and Lenneke Ruiten as a rock star, guitar-toting La Folie.
****1
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Dans la tête de Simon Boccanegra : les idées noires de Bieito

Ludovic Tézier (Simon Boccanegra) © Agathe Poupeney / Opéra national de Paris
Nouvelle production à l'Opéra Bastille, avec le Simon Boccanegra de Calixto Bieito. Une plongée dans les idées noires du personnage principal, magnifiquement interprété par Ludovic Tézier.
****1
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