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.
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
De Meervaart Theatre, Amsterdam, 22 March 2018
Abraham, Sarah and the Angel (circa 1520) by Jan Provoost, Louvre Museum (public domain) via Wikimedia Commons
The Opera Forward Festival (OFF) in Amsterdam is about new things: new compositions, rediscovered works and new faces. This year’s program included a double bill produced by Dutch National Opera’s talent development wing. Leonard Bernstein’s portrait of a miserable marriage in affluent suburbia, Trouble in Tahiti, was the contrasting companion piece to James McMillan’s Clemency, a study of the sinister side of religious belief.
Full review on Opera Today.