Metropolitan Opera 2017-18 Review – Roméo Et Juliette: Ailyn Pérez, Charles Castronovo, Plácido Domingo & Co. Deliver Darker, Heavier Interpretation of Gounod Opera

Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” is arguably the composer’s best work – an extended love duet with beautiful melodies that capture the essence of Shakespeare’s classic tale, if not its complexity. For years, the Met showcased a production that did draw closer to the greatness of Shakespeare, before replacing it with Bartlett Sher’s current interpretation. Sher’s version gets the job done {…}

Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017-18 Review – Carmen: Clémentine Margaine & Charles Castronovo Gutted By Director Obsessed With Human Organs & Vivisections

Many opera directors today fall onto a particular idée fixe and refuse to let it go, no matter what dramaturgical or textual incongruities ensue. Vera Nemirova’s fazzoletto-laden “Otello” in Bucharest, Hans Neuenfels’ laboratory rats “Lohengrin” in Bayreuth or Krzysztof Warlikowski’s “Brokeback Mountain” “Eugene Onegin” in Munich immediately spring to mind. Joining the ignominious list is Norwegian theatre director, Ole Anders Tandberg’s {…}

The Théâtre du Capitôle Announces 2017-18 Season

The Théâtre du Capitôle has announced its 2017-18 season. The season kicks off with D’Abert’s rarely performed work “Tiefland” on Sept. 29, 2017. The opera stars Nicola Schukoff and Megan Miller. The production will be followed Puccini’s “La Rondine” starring Keri Alkema as Magda and Dmitry Popov as Ruggero. The production opens Nov. 17, 2017, with Paolo Arrivabeni conducting. Wagner’s “Die Walküre” {…}