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Performer: Thomas Piffka

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Savage and noble: Wozzeck at the Concertgebouw

Florian Boesch © Lukas Beck
A mesmerising Wozzeck, thanks to the trampled dignity of Florian Boesch’s antihero, Asmik Grigorian’s gloriously sung Marie, and a thrillingly savage Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
****1
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Strauss' Arabella: a psychological contemplation of love and life

The fortunate audience of Barcelona's Liceu has much to enjoy a wonderfully performance of Arabella conceived as an intimate drama of human psychology.
****1
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A fine Dutchman in Budapest

Hungary is a landlocked country. In fact, Budapest is an awfully long way from the sea in all directions. So it’s not the first place you’d expect to come for a production of Wagner’sFlying Dutchman that is gloriously redolent of the sea, both in staging and in the orchestral performance. But that’s what we got last night at the Hungarian State Opera.
****1
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Tristan et Isolde à Lyon : une seule conscience ?

Daniel Kirch (Tristan) et Ann Petersen (Isolde) © Stofleth
Troisième production du Festival Mémoires proposé par l'Opéra de Lyon, Tristan und Isolde de Wagner vient conclure honorablement cette magnifique initiative lancée par l'institution lyrique lyonnaise. 
***11
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Vertigineuse Elektra à l'Opéra de Lyon

© Stofleth
Dans le cadre de son Festival Mémoires, l’Opéra National de Lyon propose une recréation de la production d’Elektra que Ruth Berghaus avait présenté à Dresde en 1986. Un plongée vertigineuse dans le vide ! 
****1
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