Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann
Dutch National Opera, 3 June 2018
No colourful tavern scenes and Venetian gondolas in this new Amsterdam production of Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Off-white and black dominate its three-floor set of many rooms. Moreover, this three-hour version assembled by conductor Carlo Rizzi and director Tobias Kratzer is likely to dissatisfy both purists and traditionalists.
Full review on Bachtrack.
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti
De Meervaart Theatre, Amsterdam, 22 March 2018
Abraham, Sarah and the Angel (circa 1520) by Jan Provoost, Louvre Museum (public domain) via Wikimedia Commons
The Opera Forward Festival (OFF) in Amsterdam is about new things: new compositions, rediscovered works and new faces. This year’s program included a double bill produced by Dutch National Opera’s talent development wing. Leonard Bernstein’s portrait of a miserable marriage in affluent suburbia, Trouble in Tahiti, was the contrasting companion piece to James McMillan’s Clemency, a study of the sinister side of religious belief.
Full review on Opera Today.