As the Royal Opera opens its new Don Giovanni, Jessica Duchen argues that its theme of moral vacuity is as relevant now as in Mozart's day
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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Barbican Hall, London<br/>Markus Werba, Wigmore Hall, London<br/>London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London
Sunday 31 October 2010
Wednesday 13 October 2010
Sunday 26 September 2010
Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the period-instruments orchestra Apollo's Fire was founded in 1992.
Friday 10 September 2010
René Jacobs ongoing coverage of the entire Mozart opera oeuvre continues with The Magic Flute, performed as usual with the RIAS Kammerchor and Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.
Wednesday 18 August 2010
Thursday 12 August 2010
Friday 30 July 2010
Written late in his short life, the Clarinet Concerto in A major was Mozart's last purely instrumental piece, and one of his most beautiful, a work whose delicate melodic charm is matched by the rigorous restraint of the clarinet part, in which excessive ornamentation is eschewed in favour of a nimble, lyrical grace.
Thursday 29 July 2010
The British tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson was one of the finest exponents in his generation of the roles originally sung by Peter Pears in the operas of Benjamin Britten. However, his interpretations were in no way copies of the senior tenor's idiosyncratic versions; rather, they were recreations of the music that perfectly suited his own voice and style. His other favourite opera composers were Monteverdi and Mozart, while he sang the great Bach Passions and Handel oratorios throughout his career. As a recitalist he was a founder member of the Songmakers' Almanac and specialised in Schubert lieder and Britten's canticles. He also became an excellent conductor, especially of operas in which he had himself sung, such as Monteverdi's L'Orfeo.
Friday 23 July 2010
The popular young soprano's third album is a bit of a cheat, being largely comprised of arias plucked from her two previous albums dedicated to Handel and Mozart, including the splendid duet from Don Giovanni with Bryn Terfel, "Là Ci Darem La Mano".
Wednesday 21 July 2010
The Italian bass Cesare Siepi was one of the finest exponents of Mozart's Don Giovanni to tread the opera stage in the second half of the 20th century. He sang the role 71 times in New York at the Metropolitan Opera; he sang it at La Scala in Milan, the Vienna State Opera, the Salzburg Festival, the Royal Opera House in London and many other places. He was also a powerful King Philip II in Don Carlos and sang at least eight or nine other of Verdi's rewarding bass roles. His range easily extended to Wagner, sung in Italian at La Scala and in German at the Met. His beautiful voice, strong, warm and supple, allied to good looks and a splendid stage presence, brought him a popularity that lasted throughout his long career.
Don Giovanni, Glyndebourne, East Sussex<br/>I was looking at the ceiling and then I saw the sky, Theatre Royal Stratford East, London
Sunday 11 July 2010
Don Giovanni, Holland Park, London<br/>Idomeneo, Coliseum, London<br/>Zaide, Sadler's Wells, London<br/>Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera House, London
Sunday 04 July 2010
Sunday 04 July 2010
Tuesday 29 June 2010
There’s narcissism and there’s narcissism and in his terrific new staging of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera Holland Park director Stephen Barlow leaves us in no doubt as to who’s the fairest of them all.
Friday 25 June 2010
The bare bones of Mozart’s unfinished opera Zaide comprise one glorious aria for the enslaved heroine – the aspirational “Ruhe sanft” – and an assortment of other numbers which might be considered mediocre by Mozart’s standards but which would more than cut the mustard by anybody else’s.
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