Monteverdi: Marian Vespers
Gashouder, Amsterdam, 3rd June 2017
The “Nappy Madonna” by Bernardino Luini (circa 1481-1532)
A body lies in half-shadow, surrounded by an expectant gathering. Our Father is intoned in Gregorian chant. The solo voices bloom into a chorus with a joyful flourish of brass. Then, for close to two hours, a spellbinding ritual unfolds. This was not a wake for a Catholic notable, but Claudio Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespro della Beata Vergine…
Full review on Opera Today.
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.