Watching the opera in the middle of the Judean desert is a totally unique experience. Michal Znaniecki’s interpretation of Verdi’s La Traviata saw the “desert of Paris” relocated to Masada, the ancient fortification of Herod the Great that borders the Dead Sea and is now a UNESCO world-heritage site. Continue reading “La Traviata, Mount Masada”
And so was I taken away by the irresistible twister of a last minute invitation to Covent Garden. Yes, nothing’s good enough to resist cancellation for a seat at the Royal Opera House.
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Wozzeck, is by no means a normal opera. Yet it includes all the quintessential themes we love and hate. Love, murder, rape, death just to name a few all interwoven into Berg’s eery setting of a German doctors surgery in the 1920s.
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“Sigurd!” they cry out and by God they’ve done it again: I’ve goosebumps from the fantastically high pitched and heart rendering pain that emanates from the voice of the soprano, Anna Caterina Antonacci, singing the voice of Brunehild’s love and anguish.
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Every young girl wants to believe in a fairy tale ending, a concept that Hollywood has not only over-commercialized but stereotyped into an almost generic formula. Thus it was with heart-rending pleasure that I found myself transported back to my childhood notions of make-believe in Il Barbiere di Seviglia at the Teatro Real in Madrid whilst reveling in Rossini’s farcical melodramma buffo.
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