David McVicar

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Teatro Real De Madrid 2017-18 – Gloriana: Anna Caterina Antonacci & David McVicar Team Up For Sensational Revival of Neglected Britten Work
Benjamin Britten’s “Gloriana” was supposed to be one of his great triumphs. The composer himself is quoted, prior to its premiere in 1953, that he saw it as his best work to that point (he had already written “Billy Budd” and “Peter Grimes,” mind you). It was composed for the regal occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation. It was one of his greatest failures. Critics destroyed the opera less because…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Review – Ariodante: Sir David McVicar’s sumptuous staging for the Wiener Staatsoper Is a Case of Handel With Care
An alien orchestra playing in the illustrious Wiener Staatsoper is about as rare as a running of the bulls on the Ringstrasse. Apart from a one-night swap with the La Scala orchestra in 2011, in recent years only Les Musiciens du Louvre, Les Talens Lyriques, and the Freiburger Barockorchester have been granted such a privilege. The latest member of this exclusive club is another consummate baroque ensemble, Les Arts Florissants.…
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Vienna State Opera 2017-18 Live Stream: Handel’s ‘Ariodante’ Hits the Web
Handel aficionados will get their dose of their beloved composer on Sunday, March 4, 2018 when the Vienna State Opera live streams “Ariodante” worldwide. The performance is led by baroque specialist William Christie in a production by David McVicar. The cast features Sarah Connolly in the tile role, Chen Reiss as Ginevra, Hila Fahima as Dalinda, Christophe Dumaux as Polinesso, Rainer Trost as Lucranio, and Wilhelm Schwinghammer as Il Re…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Il Trovatore: Four Great Voices Give Verdi Drama Wondrous Life In McVicar’s Genius Production
In recent years, Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” has slowly but surely established a potent foothold in the Metropolitan Opera’s standard repertory. The main reason? David McVicar’s striking and still awe-inspiring interpretation of Verdi’s middle-period masterwork. A Master At Work The inspiration of Francisco de Goya and his tableaus is obvious from the opening curtain and onwards. At the core of it all is the inherent violence in the piece. From the…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Preview: 3 Reasons to See Revival of Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’
On Jan. 22, 2018, the Metropolitan Opera will revive David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s “Il Trovatore.” The production runs until Feb. 15, a total of eight performances. This year’s production is set to offer up quite some delights for newcomers to Verdi’s mid-period masterpiece. Here’s a look at some reasons you must see this revival. Rising Stars Take the Lead Just a few days ago, Jennifer Rowley took over the…
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Ranking All of Sir David McVicar’s Met Opera Productions
Sir David McVicar has been directing opera for quite some time, working with such prominent companies as the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, La Monnaie, and the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. He has also sustained a healthy relationship with the Metropolitan Opera, particularly in recent years where he has been given carte blanche to put together eight new productions, including two opening nights and two New…
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Royal Opera House 2017-18 Review – Salome: David McVicar’s Thrilling Production & Michael Volle’s Violent Presence Make For Impactful Evening of Opera
London is a chilly place. Yet on this particularly evening I leave my coat in the hotel and zip to Covent Garden. No room nor time for extra layers, since attending a performance in the Royal Opera House is a cluttered affair. The long lines for cloakrooms stifle with imperial colognes, and the tight, even if velvet, chairs make Ryanair seem socially responsible. My weekend opera marathon starts with "Salome."…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci: Roberto Alagna Triumphs With Two Incredible Divas
"Pagliacci" and "Cavalleria Rusticana" is one of the signature double bills in opera that show offs the many qualities of a leading tenor. Both parts are known for their demanding vocal challenges and in many cases are sung by two different tenors. However, in the Metropolitan Opera's current revival of David McVicar's production, Roberto Alagna triumphed in two of his best performances in recent Met history alongside two incredible divas. The…
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Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Tosca: Yoncheva, Grigolo, Villaume Not Ready for Primetime
This review is for the performance on Jan. 4, 2018. It was the most hotly anticipated production of the new Met season, the run-up to its unveiling on New Year’s Eve as big a melodrama as the opera itself, filled with unexpected twists and turns. And like the opera itself, where its final act feels like an anti-climax after the masterpiece that is Act two, the production itself proved unable…
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Metropolitan Opera Preview 2017-18: A Look Back At the Numerous ‘Tosca’ Productions
On New Years Eve the Metropolitan Opera will premiere a new production of Puccini’s “Tosca.” The production, which will be directed by David McVicar comes on the heels of a controversial one by Luc Bondy (his interpretation of the Puccini work was infamously booed on its opening night). While the Met has showcased Tosca a whopping 950 times since its first ever performance of the work on Feb. 4, 1901,…