Raskatov: A Dog’s Heart
Dutch National Opera, 22nd April 2017
Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940)
Is A Dog’s Heart even an opera? It is sung by opera singers to live music. Alexander Raskatov’s score, however, is secondary to the incredible stage visuals. Whatever it is, actor/director Simon McBurney’s first stab at opera is fantastic theatre. Its revival at Dutch National Opera, where it premiered in 2010, is hugely welcome.
Full review on Opera Today.
Concertgebouw, 7th April 2017
Saint Sebastian by Mattia Preti (1613-1699), Sarria Church, Floriana, Malta
The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra continues its recent tradition of commissioning a new Eastertide passion every four years. This year they commissioned two new works, Mystical Sacrifice by Djuro Živković and Nasimi-Passion by Franghiz Ali-Zadeh. Symphonic fragments from Debussy’s incidental music for a mystery play about Saint Sebastian completed the programme.
Full review on Bachtrack.