Devos, Blondelle, Oliemans/NOB/Marković: Mozart, Bellini, Verdi et al.
Concertgebouw, 12th July 2017
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.
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, 10th October 2016
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.