Edda Moser
Edda Moser: “It always gets messed up by the directors”

Moser’s statement is not only a reality call, but also a hot shower that flushes all the inanities, incomprehension, fallacies, self-centered vanity, ludicrous actualization, contemporary snobbery and quasi-progressive libretto beliefs down the shower drain.

Iconoclasten in de opera
Iconoclasts in opera

Vague modernism coupled with psychological groupthink and underpinned by shocking ignorance and a fierce desire to be part of an imaginary cultural elite.

Gesubsidieerde absurditeiten

An unprecedented low point was the unsanitary travesty “Der Freischütz,” performed in 2022 at The Dutch National Opera, prepared in the moldy cooking pot of greaseball and narcissist Kirill Serebrennikov, who seems destined to become house director at DNO.

Boris Godunov
Boris Godunov   Boris Godunov by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, opera in four acts (1869 version). Libretto by Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky. Teatro alla Scala, new production. Attended by Opera Gazet: Dec. 7, premiere.…
Dialogues des Carmélites
Dialogues des Carmélites

All in all, Emma Dante’s direction is acceptable. She limits herself to following the story without trying to force the libretto in search of extravagant readings.

Lynn René Bayley
Lynn René Bayley writes great book on opera

Lynn: “After 10 months of intense work, I have finally finished my new book, “Opera as Drama II,” which illuminates the history of the art form from the perspective of drama rather than entertainment.”

Lucrezia Borgia in Melbourne: pyjamas and shell suits.
LUCREZIA BORGIA Donizetti's Lucrezia Borgia by Gaetano Donizetti. Libretto: Felice Romani, after Victor Hugo. Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne. Sunday, 28 August 2022. Raymond Lawrence - Conductor Helena Dix - Lucrezia Borgia James Egglestone…
"The strength of Vocality lies in our interaction with the audience: we are interested in YOU! After all, we try to touch and entertain not only ourselves, but you too. So the…
Simon Boccanegra
Simon Boccanegra. Opera in a prologue and three acts by Giuseppe Verdi. 1856. Revised for La Scala, Milan, in 1881. Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, with contributions by Giuseppe Montanelli, after the…