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Performer: Ursula Hesse von den Steinen

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A finely gauged Walküre from Jurowski and the LPO

Ruxandra Donose and Stuart Skelton © Simon Jay Price
The chance to watch their finely gauged interpretation unfold on the Royal Festival Hall platform was a privilege.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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Handel's Lotario a hit at Göttingen

Sophie Rennert (Lotario) and Marie Lys (Adelaide) © Alciro Theodoro da Silva
Handel's Opera Lotario is the centrepiece for this year's Göttingen Handel festival, receiving warm acclaim on its opening night.
***11
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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Christopher Maltman (Wozzeck) and Sir Willard White (The Doctor) © Ruth Walz
Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
*****
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Magnificent terror in Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

Detlev Glanert © Bettina Stöß
Detlev Glanert's first religious composition, a staggering Requiem for solo voices, two choirs and orchestra, pits the demonic against the angelic, and is worthy of the genius it celebrates.
*****
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