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.
Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Concertgebouw, 16th January 2016
The title role is a deciding factor in Madama Butterfly. Despite a last-minute conductor cancellation, last Saturday’s concert performance at the Concertgebouw was a resounding success, thanks to Lianna Haroutounian’s opulent, heart-stealing Cio-Cio-San.
Long and loud ovation for Madama Butterfly at the Concertgebouw, 16th January 2016
Full review on Opera Today.