In a dream pairing, Piotr Beczala and Elīna Garanča deliver magnificent performances in this meticulously directed revival of Werther at Paris Opera.
Gilbert Deflo’s production of Verdi favourite Rigoletto raises the piece to the grandest operatic scale. Thankfully, the singers are easily as spectacular as the soaring scenery.
What better opera to see in Paris than this most French of operas, starring France’s favourite opera son. This season premiere is distinguished by excellent singing, fine orchestral playing and a suitably […]
This most famous Russian opera receives a curiously tawdry, emotionally stilted treatment at Bavarian State Opera. Transplanted to a winter sports lounge in the swinging ’60s, the morals and traditions of the […]
Regular readers may well be aware that Man in Chair could easily watch La Traviata every night until time immemorial. Only three nights since reviewing Damrau, Beczala and Lucic in La Scala’s […]
A vision of white, gold and musk, Munich Nationaltheater may be the ultimate music box opera house. Practically every seat is a good one, and the acoustics are amazing. Audiences dress as […]
Choreographer du jour, Alexei Ratmansky has established himself as an elegantly inventive master of the modern evolution of dance and ballet. Internationally in-demand, Australian audiences were fortunate enough to be treated to […]
For a somewhat controversial production, this new staging is surprisingly traditional in form. Despite the update in time and an overreliance on stage business, the heart and soul of the immortal tragedy […]
Milan’s La Scala – the jewel in the crown of European opera houses. But does it live up to the legend? The answer is a resounding yes, if for no other reason […]
Grand and austere on the outside, the auditorium of Munich Opera House glitters like a musk and gold jewelry box. Dress standards are uniformly high but the friendly warmth seen in the […]