Brownlee and Spyres at the Concertgebouw: so much more than vocal jousting

Rossini/Mozart/Bellini, et al: Residentie Orkest/Balke/Brownlee/Spyres

At the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on the 31st of October, 2018

Are two tenors better than one? It depends. When their names are, in alphabetical order, Lawrence Brownlee and Michael Spyres, the answer must be an emphatic yes. Their joint appearance at the Concertgebouw last Wednesday made you forget that other voice types exist. At the end of the concert the rapturous audience was craving all tenors, all the time.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin says au revoir to Rotterdam

Handel/Mozart/Respighi et al.: RPhO/Nézet-Séguin/DiDonato

De Doelen, Rotterdam, 9 June 2018

100-rpho-vignet.pngIn September, Yannick Nézet-Séguin becomes music director at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Taking on North America’s foremost opera house means that, while remaining with the Orchestre Métropolitain in his birthplace Montreal and the Philadelphia Orchestra, his tenure at the Rotterdam Philharmonic has come to its natural end.

Full review on Bachtrack.

Wrong rep sinks opera evening at the Concertgebouw

Devos, Blondelle, Oliemans/NOB/Marković: Mozart, Bellini, Verdi et al.

Concertgebouw, 12th July 2017

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The people deserve good opera. Even at popular “greatest hits” concerts, the quality should be as high as budget and availability allow. At this “Robeco SummerNight at the Opera” the audience had to make do with a couple of nuggets and a series of mismatches between repertoire and performers.

Full review on Bachtrack.

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