Friday, 24 February 2012

Tchaikovsky - Iolanta 2012 (c Currentzis Scherbachenko Markov Cernoch Ulianov) Madrid

2 Composers and 2 Heroines, Collectively Moving Toward an Operatic Light - NYTimes.com
From his eloquent shaping of the hymn-like music at the start of “Iolanta,” Teodor Currentzis proved a strong asset in the pit, and the Teatro Real’s chorus and orchestra responded handsomely. It was a miscalculation, however, to interpolate into “Iolanta” several minutes of chant-like music from Tchaikovsky’s Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, which slowed momentum in the denouement to a crawl. 

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Don Pasquale at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées

 Opera Today : Don Pasquale at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées 
By Frank Cadenhead
The director, Denis Podalydès, a regular at the Comédie-Française, here stages his second opera and the characters had carefully defined roles but he stuck with the traditional path of “opera buffa” with its broad gestures and overwrought emotions./.../