Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

Strauss: Salome

Dutch National Opera, 9th June 2017

SalomeJanAdamKrusemanCirca1861.jpg

Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (c. 1861) by Jan Adam Kruseman at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

While the audience cheered at the end of the new Salome at Dutch National Opera, Malin Byström punched the air triumphantly with her fist. With good reason, because this was a wonderful role debut.

Full review on Bachtrack.

Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Berg: Wozzeck

Dutch National Opera, 18th March 2017

Unknown

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.

SaveSave

Pulsating new Andriessen with prosaic libretto at the Holland Festival

Andriessen: Theatre of the World

Royal Carré Theatre, 11th June 2016

SunflowerClockKircher.jpg

Design for Sunflower Clock from Magnes, sive De Arte Magnetica by Athanasius Kircher (c. 1643)

“Abandon all hope of comprehension, ye who enter here”, to paraphrase Dante. The elliptical libretto of Theatre of the World, Louis Andriessen’s fifth full-length opera, directed by Pierre Audi, should come with this warning, though not Andriessen’s masterly score.

Full review on Bachtrack.