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Deutsche Oper, Berlin – Richard Strauss’s Intermezzo – Philipp Jekal, Maria Bengtsson & Thomas Blondelle; directed by Tobias Kratzer; conducted by Donald Runnicles

A ‘bourgeois comedy’ is how Strauss described his autobiographical opera (1924), based on a real incident in which a misdirected letter (owing to the confusion of Strauss’s name with a similar one) was wrongly interpreted by his wife, the soprano Pauline de Ahna, as evidence of a love affair and therefore grounds for a divorce. […]

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Photo: New Sussex Opera Charlotte Badham (Mauxalinda) and Chorus

New Sussex Opera – Lampe’s The Dragon of Wantley

John Frederick Lampe’s opera The Dragon of Wantley (1737) is based on a Yorkshire legend about a ferocious dragon who terrorises the area of Wharncliffe Crags that was made better known in a ballad. The opera served not only to satirise the conventions of Italian (particularly Handelian) opera seria (the scenario conveniently echoes the story of Angelica’s rescue from

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English Touring Opera – Puccini’s Manon Lescaut – Jenny Stafford, GarethDafydd Morris & Aidan Edwards; directed by Jude Christian; conducted by Gerry Cornelius

Alongside considerable colour and exuberance, Jude Christian’s production of Puccini’s Manon Lescaut for English Touring Opera poignantly, even sardonically, contrasts  the life of luxury which the eponymous character could have had with Geronte in Paris with the scorched desolation of the desert to which she is banished for her infidelity with the impecunious Des Grieux. Watery opulence

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Dietrich Volle (Müller), AJ Glueckert (Görge), Alfred Reiter (Pastor) and Magdalena Hinterdobler (Grete) as well as an ensemble in the background

Oper Frankfurt – Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge – Takeshi Moriuchi, Zuzana Marková & Magdalena Hinterdobler; directed by Tilmann Köhler; conducted by Markus Poschner

George, the title character of Zemlinsky’s third opera (composed between 1903 and 1907, but not premiered until long after his death in 1980) is usually taken, in his eponymous dreaming and obsession with fairy tales, to be a figure susceptible to the newly influential theories of Sigmund Freud about the subconscious workings of the mind.

Oper Frankfurt – Zemlinsky’s Der Traumgörge – Takeshi Moriuchi, Zuzana Marková & Magdalena Hinterdobler; directed by Tilmann Köhler; conducted by Markus Poschner Read More »

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Oper Frankfurt – Cimarosa’s L’Italiana in Londra – Monika Buczkowsk, Mikołaj Trąbka & Bianca Tognocchi; directed by R. B. Schlather; conducted by Julia Jones

The Italian Girl in London (1778) is one of the earlier operas by the prolific older contemporary of Mozart, Cimarosa. Although termed an intermezzo, as a comedy essentially it follows the same conventions of an opera buffa, and is as fluent and lively in its musical setting as any up to its time (the only comparable achievement by

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Vivaldi’s Griselda in Venice – Ann Hallenberg, Jorge Navarro Colorado, Michela Antenucci; directed by Gianluca Falaschi; conducted by Diego Fasolis

The narrative of Vivaldi’s opera Griselda (1735) will be familiar to readers of classic literature since it appears as the story of patient Griselda in Boccaccio’s Decameron, and was used from that source by Chaucer as one of his Canterbury Tales. Although very little of Vivaldi’s operatic output is widely known today, this work contains one of his few

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Joyce DiDonato (Irene) and Julia Bullock (Theodora) in the Royal Opera House new staging of Theodora. Photograph -Camilla Greenwell

Royal Opera House – Handel’s Theodora – Julia Bullock, Joyce DiDonato & Jakub Józef Orliński; directed by Katie Mitchell; conducted by Harry Bicket

Judging from the number of performances of Theodora in recent times, including staged productions, this has become one of Handel’s most respected oratorios (‘popular’ would be too glib a word for so serious a work) – probably due more to its theme of persecution and freedom of conscience and belief, than the psychology and experience

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