chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
DVD review of Christof Loy's production of Die Frau ohne Schatten which could hardly be more different from the Wernicke production at the Met.

Blu-ray review of Jake Heggie's rather excellent Moby Dick at San Francisco Opera.

The COC Ensemble Studio competition gala
at the Four Seasons Centre last night.

chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
An intense Dido and Aeneas on Blu-ray.

I go to the National Ballet to celebrate Britten's 100th and see a programme of new works.

chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
Topher Mokrzewski's take on the Rob Ford debacle

Joel Ivany's production of Korngold's Silent Serenade

First class Blu-ray of Die Zauberflöte from Simon Rattle and Robert Carsen

Also the lemur and I are off to New York on Monday for a few days of kulchur which will involve several galleries and Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Met.  First though I have a Mozart Requiem to attend to commemorate a year since the death of the young sister of a friend.  It's in a good cause.

chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
The second cast of COC's fun La Boheme at the Four Seasons Centre

Robert Pomakov and the Gryphon Trio give world premier of Bohdana Frolyak’s I Dream a Dream

Fun Blu-ray production of Haydn's rarely performed Orlando Paladino



Sep. 17th, 2013 06:28 pm
chickenfeet: (cute)
Christof Nel does a very good job of staging Handel's Belshazzar.  More...
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The 2012 recording of Tosca from the Royal Opera House features Jonas Kaufmann, Bryn Terfel and Angela Gheorghiu which pretty much sums it up.  More...
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David McVicar's Metropolitan Opera production of Verdi's Il Trovatore isn't very innovative but it's well sung.  More...
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Another elegant production from Robert Carsen.  This time it's Janáček’s Kat’a Kabanová in a fine recording from Madrid's Teatro Real.  More...
chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
Dmitri Tcherniakov's rather radical Don Giovanni at the Aix-en-Provence festival makes very interesting viewing on a technically superb Blu-ray recording.  More...

It's a co-pro with the Canadian Opera Company so it should be headed for Toronto.  What might it look like?

chickenfeet: (death)
Calixo Bieito's Carmen at Barcelona's Liceu has just the right amount of sex and violence.  It's skilfully crafted and has a superb cast of actor/singers.  More...
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Cavalli's Ercole amante was written for the marriage of Louis XIV and a Habsburg princess.  It gets a spectacular, but fairly conventional, production from "bad boy" David Alden in this 2009 production from Amsterdam.  More...
chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
The second half of the bill that featured the Iphigénie en Aulide that I reviewed yesterday is, naturally enough, Iphigénie en Tauride.  It's pretty good too.  More...
chickenfeet: (four seasons centre)
There's finally a video recording of Gluck's Iphigénie en Aulide and it's very good indeed.  More...
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See 19th century Italians take librrrties with 17th century English history and the Metropolitan Opera, inevitably, take the whole thing too literally.  More...
chickenfeet: (widmerpool)
The Met HD broadcast of Adams' Nixon in China from February 2011 has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.  More...
chickenfeet: (penguin)
Richard Strauss' Arabella has a somewhat implausible plot but some lovely music.  The performances in the 2012 Wiener Staatsoper recording are pretty good too.  More...
chickenfeet: (death)
It's Salburg 2008 and Don G and Leporello are junkies inhabiting a claustrophobic pine forest.  All the women are still fixated with DG who is dying from a bullrt wound acquired in the opening scene. It's fascinating with some great performances.  More...
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Hans Neuenfels' Bayreuth production of Lohengrin is best known for costuming the chorus as rodents but there's rather more to it than that.  More...
chickenfeet: (death)
On the face of it, a staged version of Handel's Messiah is an odd idea.  Claus Guth's 2009 staging from Vienna though really gets inside the piece and sheds new insights on text and music.  More...
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There's some superb singing and acting from a stellar cast in the 2010 Salzburg festival recording of Strauss' ElektraMore...

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