Dutch National Opera revives a musically gorgeous La bohème

Puccini: La bohème

Dutch National Opera, 1 December 2017

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The original Café Momus, the Christmas Eve party venue in La bohème

Benedict Andrews’ staging of La bohème is seriously flawed, but this revival was a triumph, thanks to picture-perfect, vocally enticing soloists and the copiously talented young conductor Andrea Battistoni.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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Choice cast in bonbon-box Marriage of Figaro at Dutch National Opera

Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 6th September 2016

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Charlton Heston exercises his droit du seigneur on Rosemary Forsyth in The War Lord (1965)

Outwardly pretty, but mouldy on closer inspection, like a decaying box of bonbons. That’s the Almaviva household in Dutch National Opera’s Le nozze di Figaro. Although neither conductor Ivor Bolton nor director David Bösch plumbs any psychological depths, this season opener offers multiple delights.

Full review on Bachtrack.