Henze: Das Floß der Medusa
Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam, 13 March 2018
Study for The Raft of the Medusa (1818-1819) by Théodore Géricault, Louvre Museum (public domain), via Wikimedia Commons
The events that inspired Das Floß der Medusa, an indictment by Hans Werner Henze against social injustice, are the stuff of nightmares. Romeo Castellucci has now staged it for Dutch National Opera, where it opened the third edition of the Opera Forward Festival. Despite his bold cinematographic concept, the musical performances were the strongest dramatic aspect of the production.
Full review on Bachtrack.
Adams: Nixon in China
Concertgebouw, 11th February 2017
US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai, February 25, 1972, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
American composer John Adams turns 70 this year. By way of celebration no less than seven concerts in this season’s NTR ZaterdagMatinee series feature works by Adams, including this concert version of his first opera, Nixon in China.
Full review at Opera Today.