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.

A clipped Walküre in Amsterdam

Wagner: Die Walküre, Act III

Concertgebouw, 9th December 2016

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Wotan Bidding Farewell to Brunhilde (1908) by Ferdinand Leeke

Let’s start by getting a couple of gripes out of the way. First, the final act of Die Walküre does not constitute a full-length concert, even with a distinguished cast and orchestra, and with animated drawings fluttering on a giant screen.

Presumably, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, foremost in the land and one of the best in the world, could not muster the budget for a complete Walküre — a worrisome fact, if this was indeed the case.

Full review on Opera Today.

Rette dich, Tristan!

Tristan und Isolde, Prelude to Act I

Opening bars to Tristan und Isolde

The NTR ZaterdagMatinee concerts at the Concertgebouw are an intrinsic part of classical Amsterdam. Their season opened last Saturday with conductor Jaap van Zweden returning to continue his Wagner series, this time with Tristan und Isolde. He and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic triumphed, inspite of one late and one terribly late cast cancellation. Thrillingly, Jennifer Wilson was as vocally complete an Isolde as you could wish for. You can read my review for Bachtrack here. A radio broadcast of the concert is available on demand for the next three months.