December 2016
Issue 73
Dear opera-lover,
We hope you enjoy our December issue, featuring Barrie Kosky's tap-dancing, acid-house new production of The Nose at Covent Garden on the cover.
The Editor welcomes the belated premiere of La Toison d'or by Aleksander Tansman at the Teatr Wielki in Lodz.
José Carreras celebrates his 70th birthday this month, and his remarkable career is celebrated in turn by Jon Tolansky.
As he prepares to make his role debut as Baron Ochs in Der Rosenkavalier at Covent Garden, Matthew Rose talks to Henrietta Bredin about Strauss and Wagner, Mozart and Britten - and golf.
Clemens Zoidl looks back at the century-spanning achievements of the composer Ernst Krenek.
New productions reviewed include Das Rheingold in Chicago; The Nose at the Royal Opera House; Billy Budd at Opera North; Don Giovanni at ENO; Anno Schreier's Hamlet at the Theater an der Wien; Iris at Bard Summerscape; Kodály's The Spinning Room in Budapest; Weinberg's The Passenger in Yekaterinburg; Tristan und Isolde at the Met; The Turn of the Screw at La Scala.
Our disc of the month is the DVD of Andrea Chénier from the Royal Opera House, conducted by Antonio Pappano, in a production by David McVicar, with Jonas Kaufmann in the title role, Zeljko Lučić as Gérard, Eva-Maria Westbroek as Maddalena, Rosalind Plowright as the Contessa di Coigny and Denyce Graves as Bersi.
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With best wishes,
Opera Magazine  

Lyric Soprano Danielle De Niese
Danielle's very special Night before Christmas

Lyric Soprano Danielle De Niese will join Dame Penelope Wilton and special guests in a 10th Anniversary Christmas Concert for Children & the Arts at Cadogan Hall at 7:30pm on Thursday 15th December. The concert is hosted by Aled Jones, and broadcast partner Classic FM.
Danielle is a long-time supporter and Ambassador for Children & the Arts, which creates life changing opportunities for young people through participation in opera, music and other art forms.
Tickets are priced from £24.50 (half price for children) through Cadogan Hall box office
or by calling 020 7730 4500 or in person at 5 Sloane Terrace, London SW1X 9DQ. 

December spotlight

         Lodz Teatr Wielki. Premiere staging of Tansman's La Toison d'or, c. Ł ukasz Borowicz, p. Maria Sartova
4          Essen, Aalto-Musiktheater. Tatjana Gürbaca directs a new Lohengrin, with Daniel Johansson and Jessica Muirhead, c. Tomás Netopil
4          Vienna, Staatsoper. Zubin Mehta conducts David McVicar's new Falstaff, with Ambrogio Maestri
7          Milan, La Scala. Season opens with Riccardo Chailly conducting a new Madama Butterfly, with Maria José Siri, Bryan Hymel, p. Alvis Hermanis
10         Chicago, Civic Theatre. Neil Armfield directs a new Die Zauberflöte, with Andrew Staples, Adam Plachetka, Christiane Karg, Kathryn Lewek and Christof Fischesser, c. Rory Macdonald
10         Stockholm, Royal Opera. Asmik Grigorian sings the title role in Christof Loy's new Fedora, c. Tobias Ringborg
12         Vienna, Theater an der Wien. Ivor Bolton conducts Keith Warner's new Don Giovanni, with Nathan Gunn
13         Brussels, Palais de la Monnaie. Laurent Pelly directs a new Golden Cockerel, with Venera Gimadieva and Pavlo Hunka, c. Alain Altinoglu
15         Bologna, Teatro Comunale. Juan Diego Flórez and Isabel Leonard lead a new Werther, c. Michele Mariotti, p. Rosetta Cucchi
17         London, Covent Garden. Robert Carsen directs a new Der Rosenkavalier, with Renée Fleming, Alice Coote, Sophie Bevan and Matthew Rose, c. Andris Nelsons

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