Dutch National Opera revives deliciously dark A Dog’s Heart

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.

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The Abduction from the Seraglio a soprano vehicle at Dutch National Opera

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 13th January 2017

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Odalisque at the Sultan’s Harem. From The Costume of Turkey by Octavian Dalvimart, published in London un 1812

 

Lenneke Ruiten is the main reason to see Dutch National Opera’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail. On opening night she triumphed as Konstanze, a soprano role that is the vocal equivalent of balancing a water jug on your head while walking a tightrope.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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.

Total theatre: Don Giovanni at Dutch National Opera

Mozart: Don Govanni

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 7th May 2016

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The Hunt in the Forest by Paolo Uccello (circa 1470)

An hour before curtain-up to Don Giovanni, Dutch National Opera and its principal orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic, proudly announced chief conductor Marc Albrecht’s contract renewal at both institutions until the 2019/20 season. This première performance by NedPhO’s partner, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, confirmed that this continuing three-way alliance is, indeed, very good news. With a sound cast in Claus Guth’s staging, created for the Salzburg Festival, Albrecht did full justice to the dramatic span of the work, from its wry wit to the momentous events that start and end the plot.

View full review on Bachtrack.

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