Dutch National Opera, 18th March 2017
Johann Christian Woyzeck, excecuted in 1824 for the murder of Johanna Woost
This new Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera is ugly, and disturbingly brilliant. Krzysztof Warlikowski’s staging distills the desperation of trying to scramble up from the lowest rung of society. Changing certain details of the plot, Warlikowski nevertheless stays true to the grimy realism of Georg Büchner’s play.
Full review on Bachtrack.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 10th October 2016
Casanova (1976), directed by Federico Fellini
Trying to work around Manon Lescaut’s episodic structure, this new production presents the plot as the dying protagonist’s feverish hallucinations. The result is a frosty retelling of what is arguably Puccini’s most hot-blooded opera. Musically, the performance also left much to be desired.
Full review on Opera Today.