The many facets of Renée Fleming in recital at the Concertgebouw

Brahms/Schubert, et al: Fleming/Höll

At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on the 7th of February, 2019

A diva recital comes with big expectations – diva vocalism, diva artistry, diva gowns. At her Concertgebouw recital with pianist Hartmut Höll, soprano Renée Fleming fulfilled those expectations, but not the whole time.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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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.

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Sovereign Bartoli revisits Vivaldi at the Concertgebouw

Vivaldi/Handel, et al: Les Musiciens du Prince/Capuano/Bartoli/Gabetta

At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on the 23rd of November, 2018

This year mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli is celebrating 30 years of recording with Decca Classics, a collaboration that produced her highly successful 1999 Vivaldi album. Their latest venture – and Bartoli’s current tour with Les Musiciens du Prince, her brainchild – revisits the composer. Her stop at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam demonstrated that the best reason for celebration is that the Roman diva’s technical and expressive powers are undiminished.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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