Rigoletto is mad but the singing is fine at Dutch National Opera

Verdi: Rigoletto

Dutch National Opera, 9th May 2017

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Le roi s’amuse (1932) by Victor Hugo

What happened to Rigoletto after the hitman he hired to kill his daughter Gilda’s abductor murdered her instead? He went mad and was committed to a mental institution. This is Damiano Michieletto’s twist on Verdi’s compact but tremendous tragedy Rigoletto for Dutch National Opera. Although intriguing, the production is overanalytical and is ultimately sabotaged by its own cleverness. The cast compensates with a good old Verdi singfest.

Full review on Backtrack.

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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Berg: Wozzeck

Dutch National Opera, 18th March 2017

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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.

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Bloodless Manon Lescaut at Dutch National Opera

Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 10th October 2016

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Casanova (1976), directed by Federico Fellini

Trying to work around Manon Lescaut’s episodic structure, this new production presents the plot as the dying protagonist’s feverish hallucinations. The result is a frosty retelling of what is arguably Puccini’s most hot-blooded opera. Musically, the performance also left much to be desired.

Full review on Opera Today.

Roméo et Juliette: Dutch National Opera and Ballet seal merger with leaden Berlioz

Berlioz: Roméo et Juliette

Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 15th April 2016

Choral symphony, oratorio, symphonic poem — Berlioz’s Roméo et Juliette does not fit into any mould. It has the potential to work as an opera-ballet, but incoherent storytelling and uninspired conducting undermined this production.

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Alisa Kolosova © Monika Rittershaus | Dutch National Opera & Ballet

Full review on Opera Today.