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Reviews Jänner 2017

REVIEWS   Samstag  28.Jänner 2017

Prag
Gilgamesh: In Prague, a rousing revival of an ancient story
bachtrack

London
Barenboim, Bernstein and the Berlin Phil: Southbank Centre launches 2017-18 season
The Guardian

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Wigmore Hall
Magisterial turbulence in Beethoven and Brahms, serene good humour in Schubert
http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/elisabeth-leonskaja
Glasgow
Unfulfilled potential in Philip Glass‘ The Trial
bachtrack

Pittsburgh
Review: Pittsburgh Opera falls short in ambitious staging of Handel’s ‚Richard the Lionheart
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2017/01/26/Review

New York
Rehearse, Ice Feet, Repeat: The Life of a New York City Ballet Corps Dancer
The New York Times

The Joys of Non-Unity
Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim; Mozart, Bruckner
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12064

Dallas
Dallas Opera announces American premiere, Korngold rarity, three classics for 2017-18
http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/classical-music/2017/01/26/dallas-opera

Houston
Cheng: ‚Nixon‘ review missed the point of history-based production
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Cheng-Nixon

Seattle
Traviata in Seattle
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/traviata_in_sea.php

Feuilleton
Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor
The pianist talks about striving for excellence in performance, playing in a barn to sparrows and why music education in schools is so important
The Guardian

REVIEWS  Freitag 27.1.2017

Berlin
Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part I: Stölzl’s Psychedelic Parsifal
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/wagner_at_the_d.php

Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part II: Kasper Holten’s angelic Lohengrin
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/dob_lohengrin.php

Paris
Lohengrin, Opéra National de Paris — “Kaufmann’s refined control’
https://www.ft.com/content/79667972-e2eb-11e6-9645-c9357a75844a

“Don Carlos’ at Center of Paris Opera’s New Season
The New York Times

London
Jurowski at his wizard-like best, plus all January 2017’s best classical concerts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/classical-music/classical-music

Leeds
Why do we neglect this masterpiece? Opera North’s The Snow Maiden reviewed
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/why-do-we-neglect-this-masterpiece

New York
New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien to Depart Orchestra at Conclusion of 2017 Season
http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2017/1/News

Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
The New York Times

Washington
Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra offer a Russian-French tableau
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2017/01/25/nezet-seguin

Columbus
Opera Columbus | ‚Mission: Seraglio‘ reimagines Mozart work as James Bond thriller http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20170126/opera-columbus

San Francisco
One shining movement can’t save “Vessels’ at S.F. Ballet
http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/One-shining-movement

Samstag  14.Jänner 2017

Berlin
Magnificent music and opulent visuals: Purcell’s King Arthur in Berlin
bachtrack

London
Woolf Works, Royal Opera House, London — “Lavishly staged’
Wayne McGregor’s revived ballet is flawed, but strongly performed
https://www.ft.com/content/f1ea3944-e154-11e6-9645-c9357a75844a

Fortepiano Schubert: Wigmore Hall
The Wigmore Hall complete Schubert song series continued with a recital by Georg Nigl and Andreas Staier.
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/fortepiano_schu.php

Glasgow
Opera review: The Trial, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15046505.Opera_review

New York
The Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto
bachtrack

At New York City Ballet, Lacing Up Their Sneakers to Unite
The New York Times

Chicago
Berwyn’s Sondra Radvanovsky set for demanding “Norma’ at Lyric
http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/berwyns-sondra-radvanovsky

Two star sopranos light up Mozart with Music of the Baroque
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2017/01/two-star-sopranos-light-up

Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago
bachtrack

Washington
Kennedy Center classical season announced: Aida will lead off Washington National Opera’s season
http://dctheatrescene.com/2017/01/24/kennedy-center-classical-season-announced

Peking
3 Performances by Sumi Jo, Korean Soprano, Canceled in China
The New York Times

Sydney
Here’s the fascinating backstory to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-the-fascinating-backstory-to-opera

Feuilleton
Opera Stars in Public and in Private
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/opera-stars-public-and-private/

Freitag 13. Jänner 2017

Wien/ Kammeroper
A visually strong Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Kammeroper
bachtrack

Hamburg
Elbphilharmonie: Orchestra/Hengelbrock review – storming debut for hall of wonders
The Guardian

The Elbphilharmonie, Like a Fabergé Egg With a Wondrous Secret Inside
The New York Times

London
Giselle review – Alina Cojocaru is sublime in signature role
The Guardian

Giselle, ballet review: A traditional production with a beautiful central performance
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/giselle-ballet-review-a-traditional-production

Review: Giselle (English National Ballet, London Coliseum)
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/giselle-english-national

Patchy recital from Stefano La Colla and Maria Katzarava at Wigmore Hall
bachtrack

New York
An Opera Revisits the Grisly Public
Dissections of the 18th Century An anatomical theater and its dissected murderess are the subjects of a bloody opera on the physical nature of evil.
http://hyperallergic.com/350256/an-opera-for-the-grisly-public-dissections

Operas From Small to Large That Bring Winter Heat
http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/operas-from-small-to-large-that-bring-heat.html

Houston
Houston Grand Opera’s 2017-18 Season Announcement
http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/houston-grand-operas-2017-18-season

Donnerstag  12.Jänner 2017

Paris
Beethoven in dreadlocks … the show that celebrates great myths about the composer
The Guardian

Zürich
Kent Nagano’s startling Beethoven and Messiaen in Zurich
bachtrack

London
Cello Unwrapped at Kings Place, plus all January 2017’s best classical concerts
The Telegraph

New York
Review: Javier Camarena’s Days as Count Almaviva
Are Numbered After shows on Friday and Jan. 18 at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Camarena will retire Almaviva, the part that introduced him to audiences around the world.
The New York Times

Callas would have found it a very big bore: Met Opera Live’s Nabucco reviewed
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/callas-found-big-bore-met-opera-lives

Prototype Opera Festival Puts Women in Peril
http://observer.com/2017/01/prototype-opera-festival-puts-women-in-peril/

Mata Hari
An opera about the legendary spy and seductress makes its world premiere at Prototype.
http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/mata-hari_79636.html

Win Some, Lose Some at Joyce’s American Dance Platform
bachtrack

Sydney
Review: Biographica (Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Festival)
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/live-reviews/biographica-sydney-chamber

Feuilleton
King Roger is like „Turandot and Tristan at the same time“
Saimir Pirgu discusses the challenges and excitement of taking on the Shepherd in Szymanowski’s operatic masterpiece.
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/its-hearing

Mittwoch  11.Jänner 2017
Bukarest
Vorschau
Bucharest’s National Opera premieres Lucia di Lammermoor (Inszenierung Andrei Serban)
http://www.business-review.eu/bucharest-going-out/events/bucharests

Leeds
Opera North to stage festival of short works in 2017/18 season
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/opera-north-announces-201718-season/

Birmingham
NYOGB/Wilson review – a thrilling display of teenage talent
The Guardian

New York
Strong cast opens Met’s sunny “Barbiere” with room to grow
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/strong-cast-opens-mets-sunny

Weitere „Candide“-Reviews
BWW Review: Pointer/Counterpoint – City Opera’s CANDIDE vs. Prototype’s BREAKING THE WAVES
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/BWW-Review-PointerCounterpoint

Review: The Adventures of “Candide,’ and of City Opera
The New York Times

Washington
Vorschau
A new opera about a dictator may or may not be about Trump. It depends whom you ask
Washington Post

Seattle
BWW Interview: Seattle Opera is Weston Hurt’s Home Away from Home
http://www.broadwayworld.com/seattle/article/BWW-Interview-Seattle-Opera

Feuilleton
Mitsuko Uchida interview: ‚It’s not enough to play the piano – it takes a lifetime to understand music‘
The Telegraph

Dienstag 10. Jänner 2017
Florenz
Dido left stranded by the director in Florence
bachtrack

Glasgow
Vorschau
Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton on crafting an opera of Kafka
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15009982.Philip_Glass

Seattle
Konwitschnys US-Debüt: New take on old favorite: “La traviata’ at Seattle Opera
http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/classical-music/new-take

New York
Weitere „Candide“-Review
Review: New York City Opera’s ‚Candide‘
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/review-new-york-city-operas-candide/

Review: “Anatomy Theater,’ an Opera, Puts Convicts Under the Knife
The New York Times

Prototype Festival: David Lang: Anatomy Theater
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12017

Ton- und Bildträger
Nikolaus Harnoncourt – An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings
The New York Times

Feuilleton
Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis
The Guardian

What are the greatest chords in music history?
The Telegraph

Montag  9.Jänner 2017
Berlin/ Kammermusiksaal. „Konzertgänger in Berlin“
8.1.2017 – Vollendet: Janine Jansen & Co spielen Korngold, Berg, Schönberg
https://hundert11.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/8-1-2017-vollendet-janine-jansen

Leeds
Beauty and the Beast review – Northern Ballet give their all
The Guardian

Boston
Boston Opera Collaborative’s staged song cycles examines women’s contrasted lives
http://bostonclassicalreview.com/2017/01/boston-opera-collaboratives

Women In Love, In Life
http://www.classical-scene.com/2017/01/08/boc-mirror/

New York
NY City Opera makes the best of all possible cases for Bernstein’s “Candide”
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/ny-city-opera-makes-the-best

Photo Coverage: NYC Opera’s Starry
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-NYC-Operas

Odes to Joy
Emanuel Ax (Pianist), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert (Conductor)
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12015

Sydney
Biographica: opera tackles Cardano’s emotional flaws
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/biographica-opera-tackles-cardanos

Biographica review: Mary Finsterer and Tom Wright’s story of Gerolamo Cardano
http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/opera/biographica-review

Ton- und Bildträger
Bach: Cantatas 54, 82 & 170 CD review – an early 2017 favourite
The Guardian

Sonntag  8.Jänner 2017
Wien
Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella reaches the stage in Vienna
bachtrack

Zürich
Zürich revives Loy’s magnificently entertaining Alcina
bachtrack

London
All life is here: the must-see classical performances of 2017
The Guardian

New York
“Mata Hari’ at the Prototype Festival, the Showcase for Innovative Opera
http://www.wsj.com/articles/mata-hari-at-the-prototype-festival

Review: “Mata Hari,’ a Different Kind of Queen of the Night
The New York Times

Prototype opens with absorbing, finely crafted “Mata Hari”

http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/prototype-opens

Feuilleton
13 reasons classical music is NOT dead
http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/classical-music-not-dead/

Tanz
Merce Cunningham’s Multifaceted Mirror, Held Up to Nature
The New York Times

Samstag 7,Jänner 2017
Kopenhagen
Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts
http://slippedisc.com/2017/01/breaking-danish-opera-chief-quits-over-deep-cuts/

Paris
Semperoper Ballett Dresden, Opéra Garnier, Paris — “Riotous fun’
https://www.ft.com/content/53274b1e-d338-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0

New York
Meet The Producer Who Runs Her Opera Empire From A Two-Bedroom Apartment
http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/01/05/508395766/

Ton- und Bildträger
Wozzeck review – Berg’s opera sounds lustrous but ducks its cruelty Hans Graf, Houston Symphony, Roman Trekel
The Guardian

Feuilleton
Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/musical-reasons-be-optimistic/

8 opera characters diagnosed by WebMD
We put the symptoms of famous opera characters into WebMD to see what’s really wrong with them. Botox injections, agoraphobia and possible schizophrenia are just some of the stranger diagnoses…
http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/opera-characters-diagnosed

Freitag  6.Jänner 2017  Dreikönigstag
London
Und noch eine „Rosenkavalier“-Review
Has the subtlety of a howitzer: Royal Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier reviewed
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/has-the-subtlety-of-a-howitzer

Winners of 2017 Opera Poll announced
English Touring Opera wins the big vote; Mark Wigglesworth wins the big love
http://www.whatsonstage.com/york-theatre/news/winners-of-2017

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
“Roméo et Juliette’ Review: Incandescent Love There were New Year’s Eve fireworks of a different kind in this production of Charles Gounod’s opera at the Met.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/romeo-et-juliette-review-incandescent

Santa Barbara
UCSB Artists Perform in Chamber Opera Competition
National Opera Association Convention in Santa Barbara
http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jan/05/ucsb-artists-perform

Feuilleton
Celebrating Mezzo-Soprano Grace Bumbry on Her 80th Birthday
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/happy-birthday-grace-bumbry/

Nachruf
Georges Prêtre, French Conductor Known for Interpretation, Dies at 92
The New York Times

Donnerstag  5.Jänner 2017
Florenz
A Nutcracker cracking at the seams in Florence
bachtrack

London
A voyage round the cello
London cello festival is launched; a prodigy is presented with a precious instrument
https://www.ft.com/content/1aca824e-d1a9-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
Roméo et Juliette, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review
https://www.ft.com/content/78072f3c-d1b0-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0

Review: Wynton Marsalis’s Urban Symphony for the Philharmonic
The New York Times

Chicago
Kalmar’s Grant Park contract renewed through 2021; festival lineup announced for this summer
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2017/01/kalmars-grant-park-contract

Ton- und Bildträger
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life; Pohjola’s Daughter etc review – Finley brings power and finesse
The Guardian

Feuilleton
Toscanini and opera
Shortly after the conductor’s death, Spike Hughes reflected on his contribution to opera for Gramophone in February 1957
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/toscanini-and-opera

Rautavaara: Flights of Angels
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/einojuhani-rautavaara-

Mittwoch  4.Jänner.2017

London
Invernizzi/Prina/Ensemble Claudiana review – exquisite blending of voices
The Guardian

The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson: ‚I still come in every day and want to be better‘
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/the-royal-ballets-edward-watson

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
Star Quality Spices Up a Bland “Roméo et Juliette’ at the Met
http://observer.com/2017/01/romeo-and-juliet-opera-review-met/

David Hallberg Returns to American Ballet Theater
The New York Times

Seattle
Seattle Opera’s 2017-18 season to include “Butterfly,’ Berlioz and a bilingual show for kids
http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/classical-music/seattle-operas

Dienstag  3.Jänner 2017

Paris
Il ritorno di Kaufmann
«Quanti gossip sulla mia salute»
Il tenore debutta a Parigi con «Lohengrin», stesso allestimento della Scala dopo una lunga pausa forzata per un problema alle corde vocali: «È stato un periodo duro»
http://www.corriere.it/spettacoli/17_gennaio_02/01-spettacoli-t31corriere

New York
Review: Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo Sizzle in “Roméo et Juliette’ at the Met
The New York Times

Met’s “Roméo et Juliette” closes 2016 with dramatic fireworks
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/mets-romeo-et-juliette

Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New ‚Romeo et Juliette‘
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/review-metropolitan-operas-new-romeo-et-juliette/

Foolish love
http://parterre.com/2017/01/01/foolish-love/#more-48133

Feuilleton
The voice of God: life inside the pope’s choir
Baritone Mark Spyropoulos – the first British full-time member of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel choir – tells us how tradition, technology and a little guesswork intermingle beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes
The Guardian

Facing the music: Joshua Bell
The Guardian

Montag  2.Jänner 2017

London
Review: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier by the Royal Opera
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/748999/Review

New York
Vorschau
Winter Wonders in Opera and Vocal Music for the New Year
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/winter-wonders-opera-and-vocal-music/

New York City Opera, on the Rebound With a Boost From Bernstein
The New York Times

Ton- und Bildträger
Mozart 225 review – all of Amadeus in one big box
The Guardian

Top Ten Recordings of 2016
http://theclassicalreview.com/2016/12/top-ten-recordings-of-2016/

Bücher
Reset review – dynamic portrait of a ballet master
This gorgeously photographed documentary charts the takeover of Paris Opera Ballet by the charismatic Benjamin Millepied
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/01/reset-ballet-observer-film-review

Sonntag  1.Jänner 2017  Neujahr

Wien
11-year-old British composer debuts first opera in Vienna
The Guardian

London
Knighthood for Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel
Mit kurzem Videointerview
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38473642

True or falsetto: Countertenor Iestyn Davies on his career and MBE
https://www.ft.com/content/5419c18a-c5ed-11e6-9043-7e34c07b46ef

From Mozart to Ronnie Scott’s: the best in classical and jazz music in 2017
The Telegraph

New York
Is “The Mikado’ Too Politically Incorrect to Be Fixed? Maybe Not
New Yok Times

Ton- und Bildträger
Boito, Catalani, Cilea, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Puccini
arias – Anna Netrebko
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/content/verismo-anna-netrebko

Gianni Schicchi
Placido Domingo, LA Oper
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/content/puccini-gianni-schicchi-la-opera

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