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REVIEWS Dezember 2016

REVIEWS  Samstag  31.12.2016  Sylvester

What does an opera by an 11-year-old sound like?
The Telegraph

A New Year, and New Duds, for the Vienna Philharmonic
The New York Times

London
Pirates, Pelléas and a touch of Rattle: the best operas to watch in 2017
The Telegraph

New York
Vorschau
A New Take on Romeo and Juliet’s Ball, Balcony, Bed and Tomb
The New York Times

Fresh Dewdrops for New York City Ballet’s “Nutcracker’
New York Times

Los Angeles
Why the World Started Paying Attention to L.A.’s Modern Opera Scene in 2016
http://www.laweekly.com/arts/why-the-world-started-paying-attention

Feuilleton
Interview
Ludovico Einaudi: A Classical Artist for the YouTube Age
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/30/arts/music/ludovico-einaudi.html

REVIEWS  Freitag  30.12.2016

London
The Best (and Worst) of Opera in 2016
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/the-best-and-worst

Best of 2016: Opera
A complex, giddying ‚Lulu‘ is queen of a year rich in new operas
http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/best-2016-opera

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin perform a selection of a winter’s night‘ music
bachtrack

Feuilleton
2016: The Year in Classical Music
Numbers, facts, people: it was a year of milestones in the classical world – and as always, Germany calls the tune.
http://www.dw.com/en/2016-the-year-in-classical-music/a-36935466

Silent Nights, Noisy Nights
Blogger Fred Plotkin writes about the dangerous levels of noise that we experience every day and how we should protect our hearing.
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/silent-nights-noisy-nights-protect-hearing/
Mozart: Waking the dead
As new fragments come to light, what can the unfinished works tell us about his genius?
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/mozart-waking-dead

Music Education on the Go
Want to learn about classical music?
Pianist Daniel Barenboim turns to YouTube as a teaching tool.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/music-education-on-the-go-1482953293

REVIEWS   Donnerstag  29.12 2016

Stockholm
A fun, interactive Magic Flute in Stockholm
bachtrack

Moskau
Musicality over Christmas glitters in the Bolshoi’s Nutcracker
bachtrack

London
London Nutcrackers Defy Logic, and Still Delight
The New York Times

New York
New York City Opera’s Road Back — An Interview with General Director Michael Capasso
http://zealnyc.com/new-york-city-operas-road-back-an-interview-with-general

Chicago
Levine returns, Lyric launches a new ‚Ring‘ — and other highlights of the classical music year
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/vonrhein/

Istanbul
Classical music is appreciated in Turkey, Say says
The notion that classical music is devoid of interest in Turkey is simply not true, according to internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Fazıl Say.
http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/Default.aspx?pageID=238&nID

Ton- und Bildträger
No, Mozart did not have 2016’s best-selling CD. What really happened is even more surprising
“The digital consumer has switched to streaming.”
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp

REVIEWS  Mittwoch  28.12.2016

Budapest
Oldie but goodie: La bohème at the Hungarian State Opera
bachtrack

London
The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, review: ‚Still reaching for the ballet’s full resonance‘
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment

The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, London — review
https://www.ft.com/content/5dfae3f8-c905-11e6-9043-7e34c07b46ef

Bach Mass in B minor @ St John’s Smith Square, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/bach-mass-b-minor-st-johns

New York
BWW Review: Joyce DiDonato Brings WAR & PEACE, Baroque-Style, to Carnegie Hall
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/BWW-Review-Joyce

Dallas
2016 in classical music and opera: The big news, the beautiful moments
http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/classical-music/2016/12/27/2016-year-

REVIEWS   Dienstag  27.12.2016

London
Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet
Tamara Rojo’s ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk’s highlights
http://www.theartsdesk.com/dance/best-2016-dance-ballet

New York
Reviving “The Mikado’ in a Balancing Act of Taste
The New York Times

Houston
Houston Grand Opera Announces Winter Repertory, NIXON IN CHINA, VIVALDI
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Houston

Tel-Aviv
Zubin Mehta announces retirement from Israel Philharmonic
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Zubin-Mehta-announces

Ton- und Bildträger
Andrew Clements‘ top 10 classical CDs of 2016
The Guardian

Limelight Magazine: Instrumental Recording of the Year 2016
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/instrumental-recording-year-2016

Daniil Trifonov talks about our Instrumental Album of the Year
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/daniil-trifonov-talks-about

REVIEWS   Montag  26.12.2016  Stefanitag

London
Bach’s B minor Mass at St John’s Smith, and all December 2016’s best classical concerts
The Telegraph

New York
The Magic Flute, Metropolitan Opera House (Adaptiert für Kinder)
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=11996

Tanz
Review: “Citizen,’ Reggie Wilson’s Bridge From African-American History to the Postmodern
The New York Times

Chicago
Les Troyens at Lyric Opera of Chicago
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/les_troyens_at_.php

The Year in Review: Top Ten Performances of 2016
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/top-ten-performances-of-2016/

Sydney
Year in Review: Artistic companies blend new with tried and true in 2016
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/year-in-review-artistic-companies

REVIEWS     Sonntag  25.12.2016   Christtag

Moskau
Balet Moskva dances prize winning Russian production Cafe Idiot
bachtrack

London
Polished, but no cracker: Les Arts Florissants perform Handel’s Messiah
bachtrack

New York
Top Ten Performances of 2016
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/top-ten-performances-of-2016/

Ariodante’ Director R. B. Schlather on the Future of Opera
http://observer.com/2016/12/opera-director-r-b-schlather-ariodante/

Ton- und Bildträger
Limelight Magazine: Opera Recording of the Year 2016
Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, Ensemble Correspondances/Sébastien Daucé
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/opera-recording-year-2016

Sébastien Daucé talks about our Opera Recording of the Year
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/s%C3%A9bastien-dauc%C3%A9-talks-about-our-opera-recording-year

Film
Reset: A subtly compelling, if incomplete, view of the Paris Opera Ballet
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/film/film-reviews/reset-a-subtly

Feuilleton
The Nutcracker: 10 facts about Russia’s most magical ballet
http://rbth.com/arts/2016/12/24/the-nutcracker-10-facts-about-russias

REVIEWS  Samstag 24.12.2016    Heiliger Abend

Wien
A Tchaikovsky-filled Weihnachtskonzert in Vienna
bachtrack

London
Der Rosenkavalier – Cast 2, Royal Opera
Amber and gold from a second Marschallin and Octavian
http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/der-rosenkavalier-cast-2-royal-opera

Tanz
“The Red Shoes’ Takes the Stage
The New York Times

Were you paying attention? Classical music in 2016 – quiz
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/23/classical-music-2016-quiz

New York
Vorschau
Romeo and Juliet, Flushed and Feverish at the Met Opera
The New York Times

Toronto
Messiah rings in the festive season in Toronto
bachtrack

REVIEWS  Freitag 23.12.2016

Wien / New York
Kommentar von Operavore: A Changing of the Guard at the Vienna State Opera
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/changing-guard-vienna-state-opera/

London
The Sleeping Beauty, dance review: Dutiful rather than jewel-like
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/the-sleeping-beauty-dance-review-dutiful

The Sleeping Beauty review at Royal Opera House, London – “a banquet of a ballet’
https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/the-sleeping-beauty-review-at-royal

Imperial grandeur: a sumptuous Sleeping Beauty at The Royal Ballet
bachtrack

Bristol
Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus review
Reinis Zarinš embraces Messiaen’s message of hope
The Guardian

New York
Met serves up a feast of fine singing in its family “Magic Flute
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/met-serves-up-a-feast-of-

Melbourne
Opera Year in Review: Ring tops series of magnificent performances
http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/opera/opera-year-in-review-ring-tops

Termine
Concerts and Dance Tuned to the Season: Global Arts Guide
The New York Times

Singapore: „THE FLYING DUTCHMAN
Klaus Billand
http://der-neue-merker.eu/singapore-the-flying-dutchman-first-ever-wagner-opera-in-singapore

REVIEWS  Donnerstag 22.12.2016

Wien
Forget the Ball Dropping in Times Square: Go to Vienna
The New York Times

Berlin
Recognition for a Composer Who Captured a Century’s Horrors
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/arts/mieczyslaw-weinberg-a-composer

London
ENO box office takings rocket by 32% but donations fall
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/eno-box-office-takings-rocket

Daniel Kramer, interview: King Kong flop was a wake-up call, and set me up for success at the ENO
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/daniel-kramer-interview-king-kong-flop
Opera for all: how ENO is hoping to reach new audiences
https://www.creativereview.co.uk/opera-eno-hoping-reach-new-audiences/

Weitere „Rosenkavalier“-Review
Review: Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Opera House)
Renée Fleming bids farewell to the UK stage in Robert Carsen’s new production
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-der-rosenkavalier

Dunedin Consort: Messiah review – drive and drama, clarity and beauty
The Guardian

Washington
Top Ten Performances of 2016
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2016/12/20/top-ten-

Long Beach
Long Beach Opera Kicks Off 2017 Season With Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/long-beach-opera-kicks-off-2017-season

REVIEWS  Mittwoch 21.12.2016

Bologna
Werther’s middle-class dream in Rosetta Cucchi’s Bologna staging
Juan Diego Floréz plays Werther for the first time on stage.
bachtrack

St. Petersburg
Hospitalized opera star Hvorostovsky feeling better
Dmitry Hvorostovsky who is suffering from pneumonia feels well and is out of danger
http://tass.com/society/920888

London
The year in opera: Tristram Kenton’s favourite photos of 2016
The Guardian

Concertgebouw/Gatti review – superlative orchestra thrill and challenge
The Guardian

Daniele Gatti at the Barbican, and all December 2016’s best classical concerts
The Telegraph

New York
The Fourth Annual Excellence in Opera (aka The Freddie) Awards
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/fourth-annual-excellence-opera-freddie-awards/

Nachruf
Canadian Opera Singer Constance Lambert Picinich, 89, Of Fair Lawn
http://fairlawn.dailyvoice.com/obituaries/opera-singer-constance-lambert

Feuilleton
Australian Artist of the Year Emma Matthews talks to Limelight
The country’s favourite soprano chats to Limelight’s editor about repertoire, the state of the profession and the Opera Review.
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/australian-artist-year

REVIEWS  Dienstag 20.12.2016

Oslo
The most wonderful time of the year? A Christmas Cav & Pag in Oslo
bachtrack

London
Weitere „Rosenkavalier“-Reviews
Der Rosenkavalier, opera review
Handsome production is a springboard to new ideas
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/der-rosenkavalier-opera-review-handsome

Der Rosenkavalier, Royal Opera House, London — “Handsome’
https://www.ft.com/content/4ff06832-c5d6-11e6-8f29-9445cac8966f

Der Rosenkavalier, Royal Opera House, London, review: ‚Outstanding performances‘
The Independent

Fleming’s Farewell to London: Der Rosenkavalier at the ROH
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/flemings_farewe.php

John Tomlinson/Christopher Glynn review – direct and dramatic Schubert and thrilling Wagner
The Guardian

New York
Review: Paul Taylor’s “Tracer’ Recalls a Dance and an Artist
The New York Times

Boston
Top Ten Performances of 2016
http://bostonclassicalreview.com/2016/12/top-ten-performances-of-2016/

Orlando
Review: By keeping things simple, Opera Orlando’s ‚Amahl‘ touches the heart
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-mjp-amahl

Feuilleton
As Prices for Classical Scores Soar, One Beethoven Is in Question
The New York Times

REVIEWS  Montag 19.12.2016

München
Interview mit Spaenle: Endlich diskutieren wir über Inhalte
http://www.merkur.de/kultur/interview-mit-spaenle-endlich-diskutieren

Innsbruck
Nostradamus in Innsbruck: Musicalperfektion mit Uwe Kroeger
Salzburger Nachrichten

Der Pianist Jan Augsberg: Das Prinzip Güte
Tagesspiegel

London
Der Rosenkavalier review – big guns and young lovers overcome stage obstacles
The Guardian

Robert Carsen’s handsome production with Renée Fleming is elevated by superb orchestral playing
http://www.theartsdesk.com/opera/der-rosenkavalier-royal-opera-0

Stop all the clocks: Renée Fleming’s valedictory Marschallin at the Royal Opera
bachtrack

René Pape review – a truly magnificent voice
The Guardian

Opera review: Gerald Finley in recital with Sir Antonio Pappano
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/744319/Opera-review

New York
A woman’s distant opera takes the Met stage
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2016/12/18/a-womans

Chamber Music Society provides festive holiday feast with Bach’s Brandenburgs
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/chamber-music-society-provides

Houston
Young countertenor provides highlights in Houston Symphony’s majestic “Messiah”
http://texasclassicalreview.com/2016/12/17/young-countertenor-provides

Brisbane
Jarrod Carland hopes to resurrect Brisbane Baroque in 2017
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/jarrod-carland-hopes-to-resurrect

REVIEWS  Sonntag 18.12.2016

Wien/ Staatsoper
May god have mercy upon me“: Peter Grimes an der Wiener Staatsoper
bachtrack

London
The Nutcracker/Laura Morera, Royal Opera House, London — “Radiant’
Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli led a company performance of beguiling elegance
https://www.ft.com/content/b2bf6630-c378-11e6-9bca-2b93a6856354

Review: The Nutcracker at the English National Ballet dazzles with with Alina Cojocaru http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/744367/theatre-review

New York
A Diva, Two Pianists and a Pair of “Messiahs’: Classical Music This Week
The New York Times

Christian Gerhaher: Summiting Mount Mahler
The New York Times

Washington
Cummings, NSO serve up a fresh take on Handel’s “Messiah”
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2016/12/16/cummings-nso-serve

Montreal
L’Opéra de Montréal collaborates with formerly homeless to craft opera
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/lopera-de

Feuilleton
Italian Lessons in Bologna with Gigliola Frazzoni
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/italian-lessons-bologna-gigliola-frazzoni/

REVIEWS  Samstag 17.12.2016      KEIN EINTRAG IM MERKEROnline

REVIEWS Freitag 16.12.2016

Madrid
Interview mit Àlex Ollé
From Street Theater to Wagner on the Opera Stage
The New York Times

Edinburgh
Scottish Ballet: Hansel & Gretel
bachtrack

New York
Weitere “Nabucco”-Review
Nabucco, Metropolitan Opera, New York — “intelligence and fervour’
https://www.ft.com/content/5e13cd80-c164-11e6-81c2-f57d90f6741a

Loft Opera’s Macbeth: Go for the Singing, Not the Experience
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/loft_operas_mac.php

With a superb quartet, Philharmonic delivers a lively and glowing “Messiah”
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/with-a-superb-quartet-philharmonic

To Help Women in Opera, Several Institutions Arise
The New York Times

San Francisco
San Francisco Ballet brings on the holidays with Tomasson’s elegant, classic Nutcracker.
bachtrack

Tiflis
Opposition Leader Burchuladze Quits Politics, Returns to Opera
http://georgiatoday.ge/news/5403/Opposition-Leader-Burchuladze-Quits-Politics,-Returns-to-Opera-

Melbourne
Melbourne could lose Ring cycle without state aid: Terracini
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/melbourne-could-lose-ring-cycle-without-state-aid

Ton- und Bildträger
Puccini: Manon Lescaut CD review – Netrebko soars above an uneven recording
The Guardian

REVIEWS Donnerstag 15.12.2016

Brüssel
Black gold: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Golden Cockerel in Brussels
bachtrack

London/ Vorschau
Strauss’s Rosenkavalier: a dance to the music of time
The Guardian

Martha Argerich/Alberto Portugheis review – one listens instinctively to Argerich
The Guardian

New York
Review: James Levine and Plácido Domingo, Storming the Met Anew
The New York Times

Met’s tired “Nabucco” revival shows flashes of inspiration from supporting cast
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/mets-tired-nabucco-revival-shows

A Nabucco lacking a central baritone at The Met
bachtrack

“Macbeth’ and “Al-Quds: Jerusalem’ Reviews; Opera in Unusual Places
Performances at the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Met Fifth Avenue continue to explore the potential of staging opera in new contexts.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/macbeth-and-al-quds-jerusalem-reviews-opera-in

Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016
http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/notable-performances

Notes From Ms. Saariaho’s Cosmos
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=11973

Chicago
The Magic Flute: American nostalgia invoked in Chicago
bachtrack

Los Angeles
A Leonard Bernstein Delight
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/a_leonard_berns.php

REVIEWS Mittwoch 14.12.2016

Amsterdam
Christine Goerke’s superb Brünnhilde at the Concertgebouw
bachtrack

A clipped Walküre in Amsterdam
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/soloists_help_l.php

Layers of pink and brilliant performances in Dutch National Ballet’s Coppelia
bachtrack

Budapest
Iván Fischer and Daniel Barenboim light up Dohány Street Synagogue
The Guardian

London
Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Gardiner, Barbican
A bright stream of Bach occasionally blocked by under-par soloists
http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/monteverdi-choir

Sensitive artistry from Gerald Finley in recital with Antonio Pappano at the Barbican
bachtrack

Powerful pieces held back by narrow emotion at the Birmingham Contemporary, and the other classical music reviews from December 2016
The Telegraph

Gerald Finley/Antonio Pappano review – warmth, wit and spirit
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/13/finley-pappano-review-barbican

New York
BWW Review: Racette Strips to Essentials as Opera’s Ultimate Mean Girl, SALOME, at the Met
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/BWW-Review-Racette-Strips

Tanz
Review: Kyle Abraham’s “Untitled America’ Helps Open Alvin Ailey Season
The New York Times

Feuilleton
The Russian Soul of Dmitri Hvorostovsky
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/russian-soul-dmitri-hvorostovsky/

REVIEWS  Dienstag 13.12.2016

Stockholm
Asmik Grigorian a heartfelt lead in Fedora, framed by Christof Loy in Stockholm
bachtrack

London
Classical and Opera Reviews
Oxford Baroque / Summerly @ Kings Place, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/oxford-baroque

Sensitive artistry from Gerald Finley in recital with Antonio Pappano at the Barbican
bachtrack

Facing the music: Gerald Finley
The Guardian

New York
Macbeth, MAST Factory, Brooklyn Naval Yard, New York — review
LoftOpera’s production of Verdi’s opera offers fresh staging and splendid voices
https://www.ft.com/content/cdfe4d82-bdfe-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

Interview
Mezzo-Soprano Jamie Barton’s Rich Storytelling Through Song
http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2194280-mezzo-soprano-jamie

Serkin bridges five centuries of keyboard music with probing recital at 92Y
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/serkin-bridges-five-centuries

Review: Joffrey Ballet’s New “Nutcracker’ Leaves Some Tradition Behind
The New York Time

Chicago
Superb cast supplies the magic in Lyric Opera’s suburban 60s’ “Magic Flute”
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/superb-cast-supplies-the-magic-

Superb cast, playing, overcome staging oddities in Lyric’s new ‚Magic Flute‘
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ent-1212-lyric-

Feuilleton
Danielle de Niese webchat – your questions answered on opera, sore throats and The Sopranos
The Guardian

REVIEWS  Montag  12.12.2016

Berlin
A Kosky Berliner Schnauze: Die Perlen der Cleopatra
bachtrack

Amsterdam
Parsifal @ Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/parsifal-dutch

London
Opera reviews: Il Trovatore and The Glory of Venice
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/741776/Opera-reviews

OAE/Suzuki review – Bach’s Christmas Oratorio is all joy
The Guardian

New York
Fleet Fingers and Red-Eye Flights: A Pianist Is a Study in Stamina
Daniil Trifonov at Carnegie Hall
The New York Times

Chicago
Opera review: An exciting, well-sung ‚Troyens‘ at Lyric Opera of Chicago
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/arts-and-theatre/culture-club

Sensational singing wins out over campy theatrics in DiDonato’s “harmony” program
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/sensational-singing-triumphs

Dallas
Dallas Opera Institute for Women Conductors spotlights six in concert
http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/classical-music/2016/12/11/dallas

Costa Mesa
Misty Copeland and American Ballet Theatre deliver a dazzling ‚Nutcracker‘ in Costa Mesa
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-abt-nutcracker

Tel Aviv
Opera review: Bellini: Norma
http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Culture/Opera-review-Bellini-Norma

REVIEWS Sonntag 11.12.2016

Venedig
Verdi at full throttle: an exhilarating Attila returns to La Fenice
bachtrack

London
Interview: soprano Renée Fleming
As she prepares for Covent Garden’s new “Rosenkavalier’, the opera singer talks about her remaining ambitions
https://www.ft.com/content/1e4d588c-bc88-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

Eifman Ballet hits London with Up and Down
bachtrack

Spinning, intricate delights at the Academy of Ancient Music, and the other classical music reviews from December 2016
The Telegraph

New York
Classical Music This Week
We’re happy to introduce a new weekly roundup of classical music coverage, appearing in print every Saturday.
The New York Times

LoftOpera “Macbeth’ Chills Brooklyn While Met “Salome’ Stays Lukewarm
http://observer.com/2016/12/loftopera-macbeth-chills-brooklyn-while-met-salome

Chicago
Neeme Järvi makes a rewarding return to CSO
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/neeme-jarvi-makes

REVIEWS  Samstag 10.12.2016

Amsterdam
Audi’s spectacular Parsifal at Dutch National Opera
bachtrack

Düsseldorf
Operetta on a count: Lehár in Düsseldorf
bachtrack

London
An English Winter Journey
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/an_english_wint.php

New York
The Best Dance of 2016
The New York Times

Paik, Bělohlávek polish Beethoven to a fine sheen with Philharmonic
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/paik-belohlavek-polish

Chicago
French Lessons in Chicago with ‚Les Troyens‘ and ‚Don Quichotte‘
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/french-lessons-chicago-opera/

Melbourne
Weitere “Ring”-Review
Opera Australia’s Ring cycle
https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/culture/opera/2016/12/10/

Kapstadt
Cape Town Opera Announces 2017 Season
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Cape-Town-Opera-Announces-2017-Season-20161209

Feuilleton
Tromba marina: the instrument that gave Pepys a real buzz
The Guardian

REVIEWS Freitag 9.12.2016

Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Citing Brain Tumor, Withdraws From Opera
The New York Times

Prag
A contemporary conundrum in Prague: Reich’s Three Tales
bachtrack

Mailand
Tears of blood among the cherry blossoms: La Scala make amends with a return to Puccini’s original Madama Butterfly
bachtrack

Turin
Sixty years after its debut, Bernstein’s West Side Story is back in a traditional version
bachtrack

New York
The Best Classical Music of 2016
The New York Times

Icons: Graham, Cunningham, Taylor’ Features Works by Dance Giants
The New York Times

Domingo, Bellucci and Bernal bring music and star power to Mozart in the Jungle
http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/domingo-bellucci-and-bernal

Washington
Gerhaher explores death in transfiguring Vocal Arts recital
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2016/12/07/gerhaher-explores-death-in

Los Angeles
At 29, this ‚El Niño‘ singer is the buzz of California’s opera world
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-davone-tines

Dubai
“Nutcracker on Ice’ at Dubai Opera: Review
http://gulfnews.com/culture/theatre/nutcracker-on-ice-at-dubai-opera-review

Feuilleton
Independent thinking: can music shops survive on today’s high street?
The Guardian

REVIEWS Donnerstag 8.12.2016

Mailand
Vorschau
Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly’ Returns to the Scene of a Disastrous Opening
The New York Times

Amsterdam
History Repeating Itself: Prokofiev’s Semyon Kotko, Amsterdam Concertgebouw
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/history_repeati.php

London
British Composer Awards: Tansy Davies’s 9/11 opera triumph
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-38235819

El Niño @ Barbican Hall, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/el-nino-barbican-hall-london

Up & Down, dance review: F Scott Fitzgerald ballet offers psychosis as light entertainment
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/up-down-dance-review-f-scott-fitzgerald

Malta
Rivalry, Drama, Betrayal—and the Opera Hasn’t Even Started Yet Feuding Maltese houses live to upstage each other; “let us enjoy squabbling’
http://www.wsj.com/articles/rivalry-drama-betrayaland-the-opera-hasnt

New York
A riveting Racette ignites in Met’s “Salome”
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/a-riveting-racette-ignites-in-mets-salome/

L’amour de loin at the Metropolitan Opera
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/lamour_de_loin_.php

Chicago
Joyce DiDonato has the balm for a troubled present: Centuries-old music
Chicagotribune

Washington
Washington National Opera Presents 2017 American Opera Initiative Festival, 1/13
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/Washington-National-Opera

Dallas
At the Dallas Opera, a new generation of women conductors is rising
http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/opera/2016/12/06/dallas-opera-new-generation

Sidney
Australian Ballet rebuilds international superstar David Hallberg
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/australian-ballet-rebuilds-international

REVIEWS Mittwoch 7.12.2016

Paris
Warlikowski’s provocative staging of Iphigénie en Tauride a theatrical experience in Paris
bachtrack

London
Weitere „Trovatore“-Review
Review: Il trovatore (Royal Opera House)
A rapid return for Covent Garden’s 2016 staging of Verdi’s popular opera
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/review-il-trovatore-royal

An alternative Nativity at the Barbican: John Adams‘ El Niño
bachtrack

La finta giardiniera at the Royal College of Music
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/la_finta_giardi.php

New York
Salome, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review
Jürgen Flimm’s production is silly, but there are substantial musical compensations
https://www.ft.com/content/5a18722e-bba3-11e6-8b45-b8b81dd5d080

Miami
Colin Currie provides the highlight in New World’s program of contemporary German music
HK Gruber conducted the New World Symphony Saturday night.
http://southfloridaclassicalreview.com/2016/12/colin-currie-provides

Houston
Christmas Classic ‚It’s a Wonderful Life‘ Becomes An Opera
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/christmas-classical-its-wonderful-life

Ton- und Bildträger
Early Swedish opera – Stenhammer world premiere
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/early_swedish_o.php

Feuilleton
Mozart 225: classical stars pick their favourite Wolfgang Amadeus wonder
The Guardian

 

REVIEWS Dienstag 6.12.2016

Berlin/Staatsoper
Flimm’s Hollywood Manon Lescaut is fleet-footed but effective in Berlin
bachtrack

London
Il Trovatore review at Royal Opera House, London – “visually attractive’
https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/il-trovatore-review-at-royal

Il Trovatore review – dispiriting Verdi revival lacks focus
The Guardian

Il trovatore, Royal Opera House, London — review
https://www.ft.com/content/880354f4-4292-11e6-b22f-79eb4891c97d

Comic strip Trovatore a damp squib at the Royal Opera
bachtrack

El Niño, LSO, Adams, Barbican
Light and darkness perfectly balanced in a great oratorio music-drama
http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music-opera/el-ni%C3%B1o

New York
Weitere “L’Amour de Loin”-Review
L’Amour de Loin, Metropolitan Opera, New York —“Precious’
Kaija Saariaho’s opera is loved by many, though some find it repetitive and simplistic
https://www.ft.com/content/665c6422-b87a-11e6-961e-a1acd97f622d

Chicago
Contempo takes a walk on the wild side with 20th-century theatrical works
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/contempo-takes-a-walk-on

San Francisco
Berlin Philharmonic Delivers Landmark Concerts at Davies Hall
https://www.sfcv.org/reviews/san-francisco-symphony/berlin-philharmonic

Los Angeles
Modern Opera Thrives in L.A.
“Akhnaten,” Philip Glass’s saga of ancient Egypt, and “The Source,” Ted Hearne’s meditation on WikiLeaks, demonstrate a commitment to contemporary work.
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/12/12/modern-opera-thrives-in-la

REVIEWS  Montag 5.12.2016

St. Petersburg
Lost Stravinsky piece performed for first time since rediscovery
Electric atmosphere as Valery Gergiev conducts Funeral Song at Maryinsky concert hall in St Petersburg
The Guardian

London / Weitere „Alice“-Review
Opera review: Gerald Barry’s Alice’s Adventures Under Ground
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/739217/Opera-review

Fiona Maddocks: best classical music of 2016
The Guardian

Singer Katherine Jenkins: Classical music has had a positive effect on my life
http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/life/739070/Opera-singer-Katherine-Jenkins

Jaroussky / Chauvin @ Wigmore Hall, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/jaroussky-chauvin

Washington
Folger Consort revisits “Shepherds’ Play” with charming and magical results
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2016/12/03/folger-consort-revisits-shepherds

Houston
HGO gives effective and colorful premiere for Heggie’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”
http://texasclassicalreview.com/2016/12/03/hgo-gives-effective-and-colorful-premiere

Los Angeles
Review A ‚Wonderful Town‘ in search of wonder
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-wonderful-town

Tokyo
An enchanting Barber visits Tokyo: Il barbiere di Siviglia at the New National Theatre
bachtrack

REVIEWS Sonntag 4.12.2016

London
Philippe Jaroussky, Wigmore Hall, London, review:
The French superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky, was accompanied by his period-instrument backing band, Le Concert de la Loge, under violinist Julien Chauvin
Independent

Philippe Jaroussky at the Wigmore Hall: Baroque cantatas by Telemann and J.S.Bach
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/philippe_jarous.php

New York
Weitere Reviews zu „L’amour de Loin“
Opera Review: Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin Is Iridescently Beautiful
http://www.vulture.com/2016/12/lamour-de-loin-is-iridescently-beautiful.html

L’Amour de Loin’ Review: Songs Across the Sea
The affecting story of a troubadour who sends his music across the Mediterranean to his lover is only the second opera by a female composer to play the Met.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/lamour-de-loin-review-songs-across

Review: Kaija Saariaho Opera Walks On Artificial Water at the Met
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/review-kaija-saariaho-opera-walks

Lovers Separated by a Sea of Light in Met’s Production of “L’amour de Loin’
http://observer.com/2016/12/lovers-separated-by-a-sea-of-light-in-mets

Saariaho’s “L’Amour” makes a luminous and mesmerizing Met debut
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2016/12/saariahos-lamour-makes

Chicago
Kraemer leads CSO in a vital, varied Handel feast
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2016/12/kraemer-leads-cso-in

Melbourne
Weitere „Ring“-Review
Review: Götterdämmerung (Opera Australia)
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/live-reviews/review-

REVIEWS  Samstag 3.12.2016

London
The Nutcracker, Royal Opera House, London — review
Francesca Hayward tackles her role as Sugar Plum Fairy with charm and assurance
https://www.ft.com/content/76b5b84a-b6f0-11e6-961e-a1acd97f622d

La Calisto @ Wigmore Hall, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/la-calisto-wigmore-hall-london

Alice’s Adventures Under Ground @ Barbican Hall, London
http://www.musicomh.com/classical/reviews-classical/alices-adventures-ground

Edinburgh
Opera review: Billy Budd, Festival Theatre, Edinburgh
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14942589.Opera_review__Billy_Budd

New York
Review: A Newly Relevant “L’Amour de Loin’ at the Met
The New York Times

Review: Lapage Holds Met Opera’s New “L’Amour de Loin’ Hostage
http://zealnyc.com/review-lapage-holds-met-operas-lamour-de-loin-hostage/

Winnipeg
Falstaff at Manitoba Opera
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2016/12/falstaff_at_man.php

Vancouver
Into the Woods: Vancouver Opera’s new Hansel and Gretel
bachtrack

Melbourne
Teutonic repertoire meat and drink to Simone Young and the MSO
bachtrack

Ton- und Bildträger
Krenek: Orpheus und Eurydike CD review – Kokoschka’s bitter tale is fascinating rarity
The Guardian

Feuilleton
A History of Classical Music (The Women-Only Version)
For the first time in more than 100 years, the Met is performing an opera written by a woman. Here, we offer a playlist of other female composers, who are often overlooked.
The New York Times

The Show Must Go On
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/show-must-go/

REVIEWS Freitag 2.12.2016

London
A noble flop: Royal Opera’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann reviewed
Plus: I didn’t see Jonathan Kent’s Manon Lescaut first time round, and won’t mind not seeing it again
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/12/a-noble-flop-royal-operas-les-contes

National Ballet of China, Sadler’s Wells, London, review
This production gives them little chance to show their individuality
The Independent

The Peony Pavilion, National Ballet of China, Sadler’s Wells, review: ‚a ravishing tale of star-crossed lovers‘
The Telegraph

La Calisto: Sublime singing saves Cavalli’s work from farce
bachtrack

Disputed Beethoven manuscript fails to sell at auction
The Guardian

New York
The Ultimate Holiday Music Guide For New Yorkers
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/ultimate-holiday-music-guide-new-yorkers/

With 28,000 LEDs, It’s Lights! Lights! Lights! Action!
Robert Lepage discusses using all those shimmering LEDs in the staging of Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Amour de Loin” at the Metropolitan Opera.
The New York Times

Washington
Bychkov, Concertgebouw move from darkness to light with Glanert and Mahler
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2016/11/30/bychkov-concertgebouw-move

Sydney
Pinchgut Opera’s Theodora: Handel on universal themes for the age
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/music/pinchgut-operas-theodora-handel-on

Queensland
Opera Queensland takes to stage with disabled performers in Orpheus and Eurydice
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-01/opera-queensland-takes-to-the-stage

REVIEWS Donnerstag 1.12.2016

London
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground review –
Barry’s breathless and brilliant raid on Lewis Carroll
The Guardian
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Barbican, London — “Hilarious’
Gerald Barry’s opera is a wild, funny distillation of Lewis Carroll’s stories
https://www.ft.com/content/0274f8a8-b621-11e6-961e-a1acd97f622d
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground review at the Barbican Hall, London – “genius’
https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2016/alices-adventures-under-ground
Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Barbican, London, review
Barbara Hannigan as Alice has vocal gymnastics that leave most sopranos standing at the lights
The Indpendent
The importance of being Alice: a tale of diminishing returns
bachtrack

The Peony Pavilion, dance review: National Ballet of China show has desire to be epic
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/the-peony-pavilion-dance-review

New York
Osvaldo Golijov’s New Opera for the Met is Called Off
The New York Times

Chicago
Chicago Lyric Opera’s „Les Troyens“ Five Hours Of Epic Rage
http://www.musicaltoronto.org/2016/11/29/scrutiny-chicago-lyric-opera

San Francisco
Will Jake Heggie’s It’s a Wonderful Life Become the Nutcracker of Opera?
http://www.sfcv.org/music-news/will-jake-heggies-its-a-wonderful-life

Valhalla’s Siegfried: Small Company, Big Opera
http://www.sfcv.org/music-news/valhallas-siegfried-small-company-big-opera

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