May 12, 2013
Dialogues des Carmélites (1957) by Francis Poulenc at the Canadian Opera Company. Directed by Robert Carsen, conducted by Johannes Debus. Seen on May 11, 2013.
April 28, 2013
Salome (1905) by Richard Strauss, libretto Hedwig Lachmann after the play by Oscar Wilde. Director Atom Egoyan, conductor Johannes Debus. The COC, Houston Grand Opera and Vancouver Opera co-production. The COC revival seen on April 27, 2013.
April 21, 2013
This is probably the creepiest Lucia around – and in the best cinematic way possible, with every ‘frame’ having a place in the buildup of unease and suspense.
January 20, 2013
Notes from the interview I recorded yesterday. The final piece containing a slew of other topics comes out in full in the next issue of Xtra! and will be online sooner. Christopher Alden is in town to direct the new La Clemenza at the COC.
January 4, 2013
Opus Arte is releasing this dual Iphigenie on DVD on 28th of this month.
November 8, 2012
A Handel pastiche, Sale is directed by Christoph Marthaler at the Zurich Opera.
October 28, 2012
Those who are already OA devotees will like this production as something a little bit different but safely within the permanently preset parameters of the OA aesthetic. Others can enjoy the two first acts as competently done escapism, and scratch their heads over the rest, and then the nature of this work, and how it could be credibly staged today.
October 10, 2012
Die Fledermaus at the Canadian Opera Company, new production. Directed by Christopher Alden, conducted by Johannes Debus. Full cast & creative, dates, tickets. Seen on October 9, 2012.
June 25, 2012
Nina, ossia La Pazza Per Amore Giovanni Paisiello, 1790 revision. Zurich Opera House 2002, Arthaus Musik DVD 2002. Conductor Adam Fischer, director Cesare Lievi. Directed for video and TV by Thomas Grimm. The documentary Giovanni Paisiello – Forgotten Genius is directed by Reiner E. Moritz. Cecilia Bartoli is Nina, Jonas Kaufmann is Lindoro/Pastore, László Polgár is The Count, Angelo Veccia is Giorgio.
May 4, 2012
A Florentine Tragedy (1917) by Alexander Zemlinsky based on the play by Oscar Wilde / Gianni Schicchi (1918) by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giovacchino Forzano based on an episode from Dante’s Inferno. Canadian Opera Company original production 2012.