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Performer: Valerio Contaldo

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LisbonThe Creation

The Creation
Haydn: The Creation (Die Schöpfung), Hob XXI:2
Gulbenkian Orchestra Lisbon; Leonardo García Alarcón; Ana Quintans; Valerio Contaldo; André Henriques; Gulbenkian Choir
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Orfeo meets the Bacchae: Monteverdi with a twist in Budapest

La favola d'Orfeo © Judit Horváth
Iván Fischer’s take on Monteverdi’s opera offers a radical rewriting within the trappings of a traditional staging.
***11
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Full of eastern promise: Mârouf at the Opéra Comique

Vannina Santoni (Princess Saamcheddine) and Jean-Sébastien Bou (Mârouf) © Vincent Pontet
An oriental sweetmeat from the pen of Henri Rabaud, based on a tale from The Arabian Nights, is revived triumphantly in Paris. 
****1
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Christmas celebrations with Marc Minkowski

Marc Minkowski © János Posztós, Müpa Budapest
An early Christmas celebration in Budapest, with four of Bach's cantatas from his Christmas Oratorio.
****1
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Concerto Italiano’s classy L’Orfeo thrills

Rinaldo Alessandrini © Morgan Roudaut | Naïve
Concerto Italiano excels performing Baroque music, especially the works of Monteverdi. This year it highlights L’Orfeo in its 410th year, and does it exceptionally well.
****1
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Come back, Euridice!: Eine Wunsch-Rückkehr zu Monteverdis L'Orfeo

Orpheus and Eurydice © Edward Poynter
Eine verheißungsvolle Kraft der Tonsprache Monteverdis, der nur ein minimales Quäntchen zur Ergriffenheitsschwelle fehlte für den Olymp.
****1
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