Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
At Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam on the 16th of January, 2019
Thanks to the phenomenon of international co-productions, Dutch National Opera’s first-ever Porgy and Bess is an energizing, heart-stirring show with a wow-factor cast.
Full review on Opera Today.
Verdi: Simon Boccanegra
Concertgebouw, 16th September 2017
Victor Maurel sang the title role in Simon Boccanegra at the premiere of the revised 1881 version
This is what Verdi should sound like. Idiomatically sung by confident singers, with role-tailored voices that make one sit up and listen. The NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series at the Concertgebouw, a long-standing institution financed with public broadcasting funds, traditionally opens with an opera. This year it was Simon Boccanegra, Verdi’s sombre study of personal tragedy lurking behind public success.
Full review on Backtrack.