Glorious ensembles in Dutch National Opera’s new Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

At Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam on the 6th of April, 2019

The unveiling of Dutch National Opera’s new Tannhäuser was a very good night for Wagner, chiefly thanks to the magnificent orchestra and chorus. Director Christof Loy offered an interesting take on the singing knight torn between carnal rapture with the goddess Venus and his socially acceptable love for Elisabeth, and there was some fine solo singing. But it was the spellbinding colours and three-dimensional splendour of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the house chorus that swept one away.

Full review on Bachtrack.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Advertisements

Perfect symbiosis of words and music in Fin de partie at the Opera Forward Festival

Kurtág: Fin de partie

At Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam on the 6th of March, 2019

György Kurtág’s only opera Fin de partie, based on Samuel Beckett’s play, has had a long gestation period. After being announced a number of times without materialising, it received its world premiere at La Scala last November, when it was declared to be a masterpiece. Kurtàg, now in his early nineties, was unable to travel to Milan, or to Amsterdam, where the same cast and conductor have brought the production to the Opera Forward Festival. At the curtain call last Wednesday, conductor Markus Stenz and director Pierre Audi held up the score and accepted the fervent applause on the composer’s behalf.

Full review on Bachtrack.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Chameleonic new opera featuring Caruso in Amsterdam

Hamel: Caruso a Cuba

At Internationaal Theater Amsterdam on the 3rd of March, 2019

Micha Hamel’s new opera, Caruso a Cuba, is constantly on the move. The chameleonic score takes on a myriad flavours, all with a strong sense of mood or place. 

With 19th century Italian opera tunes flowing into Afro-Cuban percussion and chromatic free falls, there is never a dull moment in this fictionalized account of tenor Enrico Caruso’s 1920 visit to Cuba. It has meaty roles for the lead singers too. 

Full review on Opera Today.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

La Cetra dazzles in Juditha Triumphans at Dutch National Opera

Vivaldi: Juditha Triumphans

At Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam on the 26th of January, 2019

Juditha triumphans, Antonio Vivaldi’s only surviving oratorio, was composed for spiritual edification rather than the opera house. Yet director Floris Visser’s new production at Dutch National Opera successfully transforms it into a plausible wartime drama.

Full review on Bachtrack.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Porgy and Bess at Dutch National Opera – Exhilarating and Moving

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess

At Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam on the 16th of January, 2019

Thanks to the phenomenon of international co-productions, Dutch National Opera’s first-ever Porgy and Bess is an energizing, heart-stirring show with a wow-factor cast.

Full review on Opera Today.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Young audience embraces Die Zauberflöte at Dutch National Opera

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte

At Dutch National Opera on the 4th of September, 2018

The Dutch National Opera season opens officially on the 7th of September with a third run of Simon McBurney’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, an unqualified success at its 2012 premiere. Last Tuesday, however, an audience aged between sixteen and thirty-five got to see a preview of this co-production with English National Opera and the Aix-en-Provence Festival.

Full review on Opera Today.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

Lessons in Love and Violence

Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence

Dutch National Opera, 25 June 2018

Inspection_of_Gaveston's_head_by_the_earls_of_Lancaster,_Hereford,_and_Arundel.jpg

The Earls of Lancaster, Hereford and Arundel inspect Piers Gaveston’s head, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Six years ago composer George Benjamin and playwright Martin Crimp gave the world Written on Skin. It caused a sensation at its unveiling at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. Hot on the heels of its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in London, the composer is now conducting their second full-length opera, Lessons in Love and Violence, at the Holland Festival, where he is this year’s Composer in Focus.

Full review on Opera Today.

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave