BERLIN - The first production of Rameau’s first opera, Hippolyte et Aricie, at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, conducted by Simon Rattle and directed by choreographer Aletta Collins, was more ambitious than revealing.
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Sometimes the results are galvanic. Other times, they can be numbingly routine: On this occasion, Valery Gergiev and the ever-touring Mariinsky Orchestra delivered the goods in two Stravinsky symphonies.
PRAGUE – Only the fourth non-native chief conductor of the Czech Philharmonic, Semyon Bychkov wants the orchestra to be known for more than Dvořák and Smetana. A 13-city U.S. tour begins on Oct. 27.
LONDON – The Royal Opera House's concert version of the 1749 oratorio featured a superb cast, the orchestra of the Early Opera Company led by founder Christian Curnyn, and a dazzling showing from the Royal Opera Chorus.
BERLIN – In her role debut, soprano Sonya Yoncheva launched herself fearlessly into the drama of Cherubini’s Médée. Andrea Breth’s new production for the Staatsoper follows a wave of stagings in the original language.
OSLO – Violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who has long championed music of Tan Dun, premiered Fire Ritual, which draws from techniques of erhu and guqin, at the Ultima Contemporary Music Festival, the composer conducting.
PARIS – The Camerata, an early music group, performed a program of American patriotic and religious tunes from the 18th and 19th centuries during the themed weekend it shared with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Philharmonie.
PARIS – The Philharmonie’s Boston Weekend opened with a Mahler Third so stunning that the audience refused to bid adieu to the performers – Andris Nelsons leading the Boston Symphony, Susan Graham, and Paris choruses.
BERLIN – George Benjamin, the Philharmonic’s composer-in-residence, conducted a program that juxtaposed his Palimpsests with works by Boulez, Ravel, and Ligeti, whose Clocks and Clouds proved to be a masterpiece.