Tag Archives: Stéphane Degout

Boesmans’ dark Pinocchio opens Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Boesmans: Pinocchio *** Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, 3rd July 2017 If I wrote that I loved Philippe Boesmans’ Pinocchio, my nose may grow a little. Commissioned to open the 2017 Festival d’Aix en Provence, Boesmans’ opera finds the 81-year-old composer in … Continue reading

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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens takes Strasbourg by storm

Berlioz: Les Troyens ***** Salle Erasmé, Strasbourg, 17th April 2017 Performances of Berlioz’s epic opera in two parts, Les Troyens, are rare events. Substantially shorter than Wagner’s Ring, it is nonetheless staged far less frequently. Although there was no production … Continue reading

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The One with Figaro’s Wedding: a deftly directed revival at Covent Garden

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro **** Royal Opera House, 15th September 2015 There are few operas more perfect than Le nozze di Figaro. David McVicar’s production, returning for a fifth time at the Royal Opera, updates the action to the … 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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