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Reviews Jänner 2017

REVIEWS   Samstag  28.Jänner 2017

Gilgamesh: In Prague, a rousing revival of an ancient story
bachtrack [1]

Barenboim, Bernstein and the Berlin Phil: Southbank Centre launches 2017-18 season
The Guardian [2]

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Wigmore Hall
Magisterial turbulence in Beethoven and Brahms, serene good humour in Schubert
http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/elisabeth-leonskaja [3]
Unfulfilled potential in Philip Glass‘ The Trial
bachtrack [4]

Review: Pittsburgh Opera falls short in ambitious staging of Handel’s ‚Richard the Lionheart
http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/music/2017/01/26/Review [5]

New York
Rehearse, Ice Feet, Repeat: The Life of a New York City Ballet Corps Dancer
The New York Times [6]

The Joys of Non-Unity
Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim; Mozart, Bruckner
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12064 [7]

Dallas Opera announces American premiere, Korngold rarity, three classics for 2017-18
http://www.dallasnews.com/arts/classical-music/2017/01/26/dallas-opera [8]

Cheng: ‚Nixon‘ review missed the point of history-based production
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/Cheng-Nixon [9]

Traviata in Seattle
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/traviata_in_sea.php [10]

Facing the music: Benjamin Grosvenor
The pianist talks about striving for excellence in performance, playing in a barn to sparrows and why music education in schools is so important
The Guardian [11]

REVIEWS  Freitag 27.1.2017

Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part I: Stölzl’s Psychedelic Parsifal
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/wagner_at_the_d.php [12]

Wagner at the Deutsche Oper Berlin Part II: Kasper Holten’s angelic Lohengrin
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/dob_lohengrin.php [13]

Lohengrin, Opéra National de Paris — “Kaufmann’s refined control’
https://www.ft.com/content/79667972-e2eb-11e6-9645-c9357a75844a [14]

“Don Carlos’ at Center of Paris Opera’s New Season
The New York Times [15]

Jurowski at his wizard-like best, plus all January 2017’s best classical concerts
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/music/classical-music/classical-music [16]

Why do we neglect this masterpiece? Opera North’s The Snow Maiden reviewed
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/why-do-we-neglect-this-masterpiece [17]

New York
New York Philharmonic President Matthew VanBesien to Depart Orchestra at Conclusion of 2017 Season
http://www.operanews.com/Opera_News_Magazine/2017/1/News [18]

Semyon Bychkov on Tchaikovsky’s Protest Against Death
The New York Times [19]

Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra offer a Russian-French tableau
http://washingtonclassicalreview.com/2017/01/25/nezet-seguin [20]

Opera Columbus | ‚Mission: Seraglio‘ reimagines Mozart work as James Bond thriller http://www.dispatch.com/entertainmentlife/20170126/opera-columbus [21]

San Francisco
One shining movement can’t save “Vessels’ at S.F. Ballet
http://www.sfchronicle.com/performance/article/One-shining-movement [22]

Samstag  14.Jänner 2017

Magnificent music and opulent visuals: Purcell’s King Arthur in Berlin
bachtrack [23]

Woolf Works, Royal Opera House, London — “Lavishly staged’
Wayne McGregor’s revived ballet is flawed, but strongly performed
https://www.ft.com/content/f1ea3944-e154-11e6-9645-c9357a75844a [24]

Fortepiano Schubert: Wigmore Hall
The Wigmore Hall complete Schubert song series continued with a recital by Georg Nigl and Andreas Staier.
http://www.operatoday.com/content/2017/01/fortepiano_schu.php [25]

Opera review: The Trial, Theatre Royal, Glasgow
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15046505.Opera_review [26]

New York
The Met hits the jackpot with revival of its Vegas Rigoletto
bachtrack [27]

At New York City Ballet, Lacing Up Their Sneakers to Unite
The New York Times [28]

Berwyn’s Sondra Radvanovsky set for demanding “Norma’ at Lyric
http://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/berwyns-sondra-radvanovsky [29]

Two star sopranos light up Mozart with Music of the Baroque
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2017/01/two-star-sopranos-light-up [30]

Pure gold from the Clevelanders and Welser-Möst in Chicago
bachtrack [31]

Kennedy Center classical season announced: Aida will lead off Washington National Opera’s season
http://dctheatrescene.com/2017/01/24/kennedy-center-classical-season-announced [32]

3 Performances by Sumi Jo, Korean Soprano, Canceled in China
The New York Times [33]

Here’s the fascinating backstory to Opera Australia’s production of King Roger
http://www.businessinsider.com.au/heres-the-fascinating-backstory-to-opera [34]

Opera Stars in Public and in Private
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/opera-stars-public-and-private/ [35]

Freitag 13. Jänner 2017

Wien/ Kammeroper
A visually strong Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Kammeroper
bachtrack [36]

Elbphilharmonie: Orchestra/Hengelbrock review – storming debut for hall of wonders
The Guardian [37]

The Elbphilharmonie, Like a Fabergé Egg With a Wondrous Secret Inside
The New York Times [38]

Giselle review – Alina Cojocaru is sublime in signature role
The Guardian [39]

Giselle, ballet review: A traditional production with a beautiful central performance
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/giselle-ballet-review-a-traditional-production [40]

Review: Giselle (English National Ballet, London Coliseum)
http://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/reviews/giselle-english-national [41]

Patchy recital from Stefano La Colla and Maria Katzarava at Wigmore Hall
bachtrack [42]

New York
An Opera Revisits the Grisly Public
Dissections of the 18th Century An anatomical theater and its dissected murderess are the subjects of a bloody opera on the physical nature of evil.
http://hyperallergic.com/350256/an-opera-for-the-grisly-public-dissections [43]

Operas From Small to Large That Bring Winter Heat
http://www.vulture.com/2017/01/operas-from-small-to-large-that-bring-heat.html [44]

Houston Grand Opera’s 2017-18 Season Announcement
http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/houston-grand-operas-2017-18-season [45]

Donnerstag  12.Jänner 2017

Beethoven in dreadlocks … the show that celebrates great myths about the composer
The Guardian [46]

Kent Nagano’s startling Beethoven and Messiaen in Zurich
bachtrack [47]

Cello Unwrapped at Kings Place, plus all January 2017’s best classical concerts
The Telegraph [48]

New York
Review: Javier Camarena’s Days as Count Almaviva
Are Numbered After shows on Friday and Jan. 18 at the Metropolitan Opera, Mr. Camarena will retire Almaviva, the part that introduced him to audiences around the world.
The New York Times [49]

Callas would have found it a very big bore: Met Opera Live’s Nabucco reviewed
http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/callas-found-big-bore-met-opera-lives [50]

Prototype Opera Festival Puts Women in Peril
http://observer.com/2017/01/prototype-opera-festival-puts-women-in-peril/ [51]

Mata Hari
An opera about the legendary spy and seductress makes its world premiere at Prototype.
http://www.theatermania.com/off-broadway/reviews/mata-hari_79636.html [52]

Win Some, Lose Some at Joyce’s American Dance Platform
bachtrack [53]

Review: Biographica (Sydney Chamber Opera, Sydney Festival)
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/live-reviews/biographica-sydney-chamber [54]

King Roger is like „Turandot and Tristan at the same time“
Saimir Pirgu discusses the challenges and excitement of taking on the Shepherd in Szymanowski’s operatic masterpiece.
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/its-hearing [55]

Mittwoch  11.Jänner 2017
Bucharest’s National Opera premieres Lucia di Lammermoor (Inszenierung Andrei Serban)
http://www.business-review.eu/bucharest-going-out/events/bucharests [56]

Opera North to stage festival of short works in 2017/18 season
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2017/opera-north-announces-201718-season/ [57]

NYOGB/Wilson review – a thrilling display of teenage talent
The Guardian [58]

New York
Strong cast opens Met’s sunny “Barbiere” with room to grow
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/strong-cast-opens-mets-sunny [59]

Weitere „Candide“-Reviews
BWW Review: Pointer/Counterpoint – City Opera’s CANDIDE vs. Prototype’s BREAKING THE WAVES
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/BWW-Review-PointerCounterpoint [60]

Review: The Adventures of “Candide,’ and of City Opera
The New York Times [61]

A new opera about a dictator may or may not be about Trump. It depends whom you ask
Washington Post [62]

BWW Interview: Seattle Opera is Weston Hurt’s Home Away from Home
http://www.broadwayworld.com/seattle/article/BWW-Interview-Seattle-Opera [63]

Mitsuko Uchida interview: ‚It’s not enough to play the piano – it takes a lifetime to understand music‘
The Telegraph [64]

Dienstag 10. Jänner 2017
Dido left stranded by the director in Florence
bachtrack [65]

Philip Glass and Christopher Hampton on crafting an opera of Kafka
http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/15009982.Philip_Glass [66]

Konwitschnys US-Debüt: New take on old favorite: “La traviata’ at Seattle Opera
http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/classical-music/new-take [67]

New York
Weitere „Candide“-Review
Review: New York City Opera’s ‚Candide‘
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/review-new-york-city-operas-candide/ [68]

Review: “Anatomy Theater,’ an Opera, Puts Convicts Under the Knife
The New York Times [69]

Prototype Festival: David Lang: Anatomy Theater
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12017 [70]

Ton- und Bildträger
Nikolaus Harnoncourt – An Austrian Maestro’s Career, Seen Through His Recordings
The New York Times [71]

Facing the music: Teodor Currentzis
The Guardian [72]

What are the greatest chords in music history?
The Telegraph [73]

Montag  9.Jänner 2017
Berlin/ Kammermusiksaal. „Konzertgänger in Berlin“
8.1.2017 – Vollendet: Janine Jansen & Co spielen Korngold, Berg, Schönberg
https://hundert11.wordpress.com/2017/01/09/8-1-2017-vollendet-janine-jansen [74]

Beauty and the Beast review – Northern Ballet give their all
The Guardian [75]

Boston Opera Collaborative’s staged song cycles examines women’s contrasted lives
http://bostonclassicalreview.com/2017/01/boston-opera-collaboratives [76]

Women In Love, In Life
http://www.classical-scene.com/2017/01/08/boc-mirror/ [77]

New York
NY City Opera makes the best of all possible cases for Bernstein’s “Candide”
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/ny-city-opera-makes-the-best [78]

Photo Coverage: NYC Opera’s Starry
http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Photo-Coverage-NYC-Operas [79]

Odes to Joy
Emanuel Ax (Pianist), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alan Gilbert (Conductor)
http://www.concertonet.com/scripts/review.php?ID_review=12015 [80]

Biographica: opera tackles Cardano’s emotional flaws
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/arts/stage/biographica-opera-tackles-cardanos [81]

Biographica review: Mary Finsterer and Tom Wright’s story of Gerolamo Cardano
http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/opera/biographica-review [82]

Ton- und Bildträger
Bach: Cantatas 54, 82 & 170 CD review – an early 2017 favourite
The Guardian [83]

Sonntag  8.Jänner 2017
Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella reaches the stage in Vienna
bachtrack [84]

Zürich revives Loy’s magnificently entertaining Alcina
bachtrack [85]

All life is here: the must-see classical performances of 2017
The Guardian [86]

New York
“Mata Hari’ at the Prototype Festival, the Showcase for Innovative Opera
http://www.wsj.com/articles/mata-hari-at-the-prototype-festival [87]

Review: “Mata Hari,’ a Different Kind of Queen of the Night
The New York Times [88]

Prototype opens with absorbing, finely crafted “Mata Hari”

http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/prototype-opens [89]

13 reasons classical music is NOT dead
http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/classical-music-not-dead/ [90]

Merce Cunningham’s Multifaceted Mirror, Held Up to Nature
The New York Times [91]

Samstag 7,Jänner 2017
Danish opera chief quits over deep cuts
http://slippedisc.com/2017/01/breaking-danish-opera-chief-quits-over-deep-cuts/ [92]

Semperoper Ballett Dresden, Opéra Garnier, Paris — “Riotous fun’
https://www.ft.com/content/53274b1e-d338-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0 [93]

New York
Meet The Producer Who Runs Her Opera Empire From A Two-Bedroom Apartment
http://www.npr.org/sections/deceptivecadence/2017/01/05/508395766/ [94]

Ton- und Bildträger
Wozzeck review – Berg’s opera sounds lustrous but ducks its cruelty Hans Graf, Houston Symphony, Roman Trekel
The Guardian [95]

Musical Reasons to Be Optimistic
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/musical-reasons-be-optimistic/ [96]

8 opera characters diagnosed by WebMD
We put the symptoms of famous opera characters into WebMD to see what’s really wrong with them. Botox injections, agoraphobia and possible schizophrenia are just some of the stranger diagnoses…
http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/latest/opera-characters-diagnosed [97]

Freitag  6.Jänner 2017  Dreikönigstag
Und noch eine „Rosenkavalier“-Review
Has the subtlety of a howitzer: Royal Opera’s Der Rosenkavalier reviewed
http://www.spectator.co.uk/2017/01/has-the-subtlety-of-a-howitzer [98]

Winners of 2017 Opera Poll announced
English Touring Opera wins the big vote; Mark Wigglesworth wins the big love
http://www.whatsonstage.com/york-theatre/news/winners-of-2017 [99]

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
“Roméo et Juliette’ Review: Incandescent Love There were New Year’s Eve fireworks of a different kind in this production of Charles Gounod’s opera at the Met.
http://www.wsj.com/articles/romeo-et-juliette-review-incandescent [100]

Santa Barbara
UCSB Artists Perform in Chamber Opera Competition
National Opera Association Convention in Santa Barbara
http://www.independent.com/news/2017/jan/05/ucsb-artists-perform [101]

Celebrating Mezzo-Soprano Grace Bumbry on Her 80th Birthday
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/happy-birthday-grace-bumbry/ [102]

Georges Prêtre, French Conductor Known for Interpretation, Dies at 92
The New York Times [103]

Donnerstag  5.Jänner 2017
A Nutcracker cracking at the seams in Florence
bachtrack [104]

A voyage round the cello
London cello festival is launched; a prodigy is presented with a precious instrument
https://www.ft.com/content/1aca824e-d1a9-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0 [105]

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
Roméo et Juliette, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review
https://www.ft.com/content/78072f3c-d1b0-11e6-b06b-680c49b4b4c0 [106]

Review: Wynton Marsalis’s Urban Symphony for the Philharmonic
The New York Times [107]

Kalmar’s Grant Park contract renewed through 2021; festival lineup announced for this summer
http://chicagoclassicalreview.com/2017/01/kalmars-grant-park-contract [108]

Ton- und Bildträger
Sibelius: In the Stream of Life; Pohjola’s Daughter etc review – Finley brings power and finesse
The Guardian [109]

Toscanini and opera
Shortly after the conductor’s death, Spike Hughes reflected on his contribution to opera for Gramophone in February 1957
http://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/toscanini-and-opera [110]

Rautavaara: Flights of Angels
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/einojuhani-rautavaara- [111]

Mittwoch  4.Jänner.2017

Invernizzi/Prina/Ensemble Claudiana review – exquisite blending of voices
The Guardian [112]

The Royal Ballet’s Edward Watson: ‚I still come in every day and want to be better‘
http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/arts/the-royal-ballets-edward-watson [113]

New York
Weitere „Romeo et Juliette“-Review
Star Quality Spices Up a Bland “Roméo et Juliette’ at the Met
http://observer.com/2017/01/romeo-and-juliet-opera-review-met/ [114]

David Hallberg Returns to American Ballet Theater
The New York Times [115]

Seattle Opera’s 2017-18 season to include “Butterfly,’ Berlioz and a bilingual show for kids
http://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/classical-music/seattle-operas [116]

Dienstag  3.Jänner 2017

Il ritorno di Kaufmann
«Quanti gossip sulla mia salute»
Il tenore debutta a Parigi con «Lohengrin», stesso allestimento della Scala dopo una lunga pausa forzata per un problema alle corde vocali: «È stato un periodo duro»
http://www.corriere.it/spettacoli/17_gennaio_02/01-spettacoli-t31corriere [117]

New York
Review: Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo Sizzle in “Roméo et Juliette’ at the Met
The New York Times [118]

Met’s “Roméo et Juliette” closes 2016 with dramatic fireworks
http://newyorkclassicalreview.com/2017/01/mets-romeo-et-juliette [119]

Review: Metropolitan Opera’s New ‚Romeo et Juliette‘
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/review-metropolitan-operas-new-romeo-et-juliette/ [120]

Foolish love
http://parterre.com/2017/01/01/foolish-love/#more-48133 [121]

The voice of God: life inside the pope’s choir
Baritone Mark Spyropoulos – the first British full-time member of the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel choir – tells us how tradition, technology and a little guesswork intermingle beneath Michelangelo’s frescoes
The Guardian [122]

Facing the music: Joshua Bell
The Guardian [123]

Montag  2.Jänner 2017

Review: Richard Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier by the Royal Opera
http://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/theatre/748999/Review [124]

New York
Winter Wonders in Opera and Vocal Music for the New Year
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/story/winter-wonders-opera-and-vocal-music/ [125]

New York City Opera, on the Rebound With a Boost From Bernstein
The New York Times [126]

Ton- und Bildträger
Mozart 225 review – all of Amadeus in one big box
The Guardian [127]

Top Ten Recordings of 2016
http://theclassicalreview.com/2016/12/top-ten-recordings-of-2016/ [128]

Reset review – dynamic portrait of a ballet master
This gorgeously photographed documentary charts the takeover of Paris Opera Ballet by the charismatic Benjamin Millepied
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/jan/01/reset-ballet-observer-film-review [129]

Sonntag  1.Jänner 2017  Neujahr

11-year-old British composer debuts first opera in Vienna
The Guardian [130]

Knighthood for Welsh opera star Bryn Terfel
Mit kurzem Videointerview
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-38473642 [131]

True or falsetto: Countertenor Iestyn Davies on his career and MBE
https://www.ft.com/content/5419c18a-c5ed-11e6-9043-7e34c07b46ef [132]

From Mozart to Ronnie Scott’s: the best in classical and jazz music in 2017
The Telegraph [133]

New York
Is “The Mikado’ Too Politically Incorrect to Be Fixed? Maybe Not
New Yok Times [134]

Ton- und Bildträger
Boito, Catalani, Cilea, Giordano, Leoncavallo, Ponchielli, Puccini
arias – Anna Netrebko
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/content/verismo-anna-netrebko [135]

Gianni Schicchi
Placido Domingo, LA Oper
http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/content/puccini-gianni-schicchi-la-opera [136]