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Performer: Véronique Gens

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Aix-en-ProvenceBalthasar Neumann Ensemble

Beethoven, Mozart
Thomas Hengelbrock; Véronique Gens; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble
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Carthage carnage: Tcherniakov's Trojans flops at the Bastille

Stéphanie d'Oustrac (Cassandre) © Vincent Pontet | Opéra national de Paris
Tcherniakov reduces Berlioz' epic to little more than Circle Time therapy, a poor way to mark the composer's anniversary year.
**111
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A tour d'horizon of French song; Gens and Manoff enchant Oxford

Véronique Gens © Franck Juery
Here was singing and playing to live long in the memory.
*****
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Excellent Les Indes galantes at Müpa

Véronique Gens, György Vashegyi and Thomas Dolié © Attila Nagy | Müpa Budapest
A delightful performance of Rameau's opera opens the Müpa's Early Music Festival.
****1
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La Reine de Chypre claims three tenor victims

Hervé Niquet and cast at the TCE © Gaëlle Astier-Perret
Richard Wagner, reviewing La Reine de Chypre for the Dresden Abend-Zeitung, praised Halévy's opera as “decidedly the best that has appeared on the Opéra's boards since Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots”. It's impossible not to agree. 
***11
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Warlikowski's provocative Iphigénie en Tauride

Véronique Gens (Iphigénie) © Guergana Damianova | Opéra National de Paris
A compelling staging of Gluck's 1779 opera in Paris. 
***11
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Total theatre: Don Giovanni at Dutch National Opera

The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra was in glittering form, while strong singing and acting enhanced each other in the evocative woodland of Claus Guth’s Don Giovanni.
****1
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