This was yet another historical piece of work from Meyerbeer to add to my accomplishments of operas I have been longing to review for the longest time. The question remains, how well does this illustrious cast headed by Gregory Kunde, Clementine Margaine, Elena Tsallagova, Derek Welton, Noel Bouley, Andrew Dickinson, and Seth Carico stack up? Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Deutsche Oper Berlin
It is the night before I leave for Helsinki for my Christmas and New Year’s break. So, what better way to greet my holiday than with a soprano I read a lot about online, yet have not seen nor heard her live, the fine, young lirico-spinto soprano, Signorina Elena Guseva. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
‘Twas the season for the magnificent Frau Petra Lang to sing up a blizzard as the fiercely independent yet sorely misguided antiheroine, Ortrud. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Fifty years on stage is certainly a milestone for this lyric-dramatic coloratura soprano, who worked her way up all throughout the years. From starting out in some major roles at a young age to her sheer determination in her Vienna State Opera House years to her journeys with Mozart and later Bel Canto to also being claimed one of the Queens of Bel Canto. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
It was an invigorating evening encountering two British Grand Dames of the opera stage, namely Madame Catherine Foster and Madame Allison Oakes, perform the hysterical and neurotic sister act of Elektra and Chrysothemis. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
When you put a powerhouse dramatic soprano who is known to the world for her portrayals of such mighty madames like Abigaille and Lady Macbeth, a dramatic tenor whose voice is like ocean waves ready for the surf, a dramatic baritone whose penchant for scoundrels is the stuff of popularity, throw in such crowd-pleasing supporting players, and a conductor to as a binding agent, you know this is going to be an exceptional tour de force of a performance. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
After countless engagements not only at the Deutsche Oper Berlin but also many other opera houses worldwide, the amazing and noble Noel Bouley rises up to the challenge to sing the famous Ethiopian warrior king, Amonasro. Joining him was the fine Spanish dramatic tenor with an incisive voice, Señor Jorge de Leon, who was the handsome, dashing, and strong Radames, and even Robert Watson in the small role of the Messenger, who is celebrating his very special day and this review is also dedicated to him. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Two gentlemen making their Deutsche Oper Berlin debuts, two artists making their role debuts, one thrilling opera guaranteed to sweep you off your feet, what more can anyone ask for? Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Pretty Yende shows a lot of elegance and magnificent musical prowess as the tragic heroine, Lucia, and René Barbera makes his successful Deutsche Oper Berlin debut as her dashing yet doomed lover, Edgardo. Enjoy the review and let me know your opinions as well.
Ante Jerkunica, Ain Anger, and Ievgen Orlov. Three dashingly handsome and awesome basses, one monumental opera!