Washington National Opera’s edgy new ‘Salome’


Bieito’s Muted ‘Carmen’ Brings a Fresh Vision


El Gato con Botas: Gotham Chamber Opera

Haven’t you always secretly felt that singers who reach for high notes
(and make them) ought to levitate and maintain themselves in mid-air
when they do it?

Das Rheingold, Metropolitan Opera

It will be no surprise to me, a year or five from now, when someone falls to
her or his death from the guy-wires that configure so much of Robert
Lepage’s new state-of-the-art (ah! But which art?) production of Der
Ring des Nibelung

Bizet Les PÍcheurs de Perles – Royal Opera House

Bizet’s Les PÍcheurs de Perles is notoriously hard to stage. Because the plot’s so grandiose, the imagination works overtime, dwarfing the music, making it seem puny in comparison. There’s a lot to be said in favour of concert performances because they shift the balance back to Bizet.

Macbeth, Lyric Opera of Chicago


Frenchman named music director of Washington National Opera


Gustav Mahler: Symphony no. 5

Based on performances given on 18 and 21 October 2008 and 16 and 17 January 2009, this recording of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra offers its latest release of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a work associated with the group since the composer’s lifetime.