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.
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act III
Concertgebouw, 9th December 2016
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.