Anja Harteros

Anja Harteros

I have the good fortune, after some fast fingerwork when the booking opened, to be seeing Don Carlo twice at the ROH. My first encounter was the opening on 4 May, to a rapturous reception which was justly deserved for some truly remarkable singing. This was opera at its most formidable: a well-constructed opera of fascinating complexity but clearly-told story and engagingly rich music; a production which heightens, mostly, but doesn’t intrude; conducting of dramatic propulsion, more so later in the performance; orchestral playing of rich, sonorous quality; and singing of the highest order. (more…)

ROH canters to a close for 2011/12

Notes and half-formed thoughts on three performances from the closing weeks of the Royal Opera season are still hanging around, not set down for posterity. Since posterity likes completeness (not that it ever gets it), I’d better crack on. (more…)