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Interpretations on Disc: Verdi’s Don Carlos

‘I’ve just come from Don Carlos. It is very bad… No melody, no accent. It aims at a style – but only aims.’ Critical reaction was mixed, but Georges Bizet wasn’t alone in his negative response to the première of … Continue reading

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On with the motley: Clowns, ruffs and a bullet with Ferrando’s name on it

Verdi: Il trovatore: DG*** BelAir*** To adopt sporting jargon, Il trovatore comes in for a ‘bit of stick’ in operatic circles. Its plot is frequently held up as an example of how ridiculous opera plots can be and it has … Continue reading

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Netrebko’s Tatyana the main draw in new Met Opera Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin Metropolitan Opera/Valery Gergiev (DG) Anna Netrebko’s Tatyana has been a long time coming. Ever since I first saw her, with her elfin, Audrey Hepburn looks, perched on a balcony as Natasha in Prokofiev’s War and Peace, she … Continue reading

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A cold, distant Pelléas et Mélisande from Paris (Naïve)

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande ** (Naïve DR2159) “Ne me touchez pas, ne me touchez pas,” protests Mélisande when Golaud discovers her in the forest in the opening scene of Debussy’s opera. I declared early on in my viewing that Mélisande … Continue reading

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A curious, ghostly Onegin from Mariusz Trelinski

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin (C Major Blu-ray) *** Kasper Holten faced something of a critical backlash (not from these quarters) for his use of dancer doubles in his recent Royal Opera production of Eugene Onegin, yet their use in this opera … Continue reading

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