Verdi: La forza del destino
Dutch National Opera, 9th September 2017
The fatalism that pervades the Verdi’s La forza del destino is mostly incongruous with our rationalist times, as is the idea of spiritual redemption. However, although destiny steers the characters in Forza towards unlikely chance encounters, their motives – prejudice, hatred, love, revenge – remain ageless.
Full review on Bachtrack.
Rossini: La Cenerentola
Concertgebouw, 15th February 2017
Cecilia Bartoli after a 2008 performance of La Cenerentola at the Salle Pleyel, Paris, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
With her irresistible cocktail of spontaneity and virtuosity, Cecilia Bartoli is a beloved favourite of Amsterdam audiences. In triple celebratory mode, the Italian mezzo-soprano chose Rossini’s La Cenerentola, whose bicentenary is this year, to mark twenty years of performing at the Concertgebouw, and her twenty-fifth performance at its Main Hall.
Full review on Opera Today.