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Performer: Vera Nemirova

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ViennaDon Carlos

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Bertrand de Billy; Peter Konwitschny; Vienna State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Ildar Abdrazakov; Jonas Kaufmann
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A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Realism elbows aside romanticism in this dark departure from a star-studded tradition.
****1
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Frankfurt Ring concludes with a strong message

Lance Ryan (Siegfried), Katharina Magiera, Britta Stallmeister, Jenny Carlstedt (Rhinemaidens) © Monika Rittershaus (2012)
Frankfurt Opera's 2012 production of Götterdämmerung with its emphasis on the contemporary human issues was a successful conclusion of the revived Ring.
****1
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A magnificent scherzo: Siegfried in Frankfurt

Vincent Wolfsteiner (Siegfried) © Barbara Aumüller
The third installament of the Ring in Frankfurt took full advantage of the architecturally ingenius set to complement great music making by the orchestra and singers.
****1
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Wotan and his women: Die Walküre in Frankfurt

Day two of Frankfurt Ring featured impressive stage work and some superior musical performances, but it was not enough to create a perfect evening of opera.
***11
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A straightforward Rheingold in Frankfurt

Sebastian Weigle leads a somewhat light-footed but satisfying account with a fine orchestra and good ensemble of singers in an architecturally stunning production.
***11
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