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Performer: Waltraud Meier

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BerlinLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Daniel Barenboim; Vincent Huguet; Staatsoper Berlin; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Gyula Orendt; Elsa Dreisig

BerlinSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Thomas Guggeis; Hans Neuenfels; Staatsoper Berlin; Reinhard von der Thannen; Vida Miknevičiūtė; Johan Reuter
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Memorable singing in ambiguous Staatsoper Berlin Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung © Monika Rittershaus (2013)
Irene Théorin and Andreas Schager lead a stunning musical performance, as Guy Cassiers vision of The Ring becomes clear.  
****1
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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Chéreau's Elektra arrives in Berlin

Evelyn Herlitzius and Adrianne Pieczonka are unsinkable in the the French director's final production, conducted with impressive symphonic sweep by Daniel Barenboim. 
****1
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Long resonance of an overwhelming ending

Musical charm and mighty images of this Götterdämmerung leave the audience mesmerised.
****1
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Met's new Elektra a triumph of music and theater

The late director Patrice Chereau's last work, Elektra, was brilliantly realized at the Met, with special credit to conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and soprano Nina Stemme.
*****
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Tristan und Isolde in Munich: surprising and triumphant

The bright colours and childishness of Konwitschny’s production for the Bayerische Staatsoper shock but succeed. The cast and orchestra shine, especially in the final act.
****1
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