As summer festival time approaches we include in this issue our festivals directory and look at the treats in store at the Festival Verdi, at Buxton and at Garsington, with a report by Stephen Hastings from Parma, George Hall in conversation with Adrian Kelly and Michael Williams about their plans for Buxton, and Martin Duncan and Francis O’Connor considering the challenges of open-air performance with Henrietta Bredin.
Sonya Yoncheva graces our front cover and talks to John Allison as she prepares to sing Médée at Salzburg, another tigress role to add to her already impressive collection.
George Loomis discovers that Boston has more opera to offer than its reputation as a town without opera might suggest.
New productions reviewed in this issue include Birmingham Opera Company’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk , Katya Kabanova at Scottish Opera, The Merry Widow at ENO, English Touring Opera’s trio of Elizabeth I , Idomeneo and Macbeth , The Monstrous Child at the ROH’s newly re-opened Linbury Theatre, Cardillac in Antwerp, Les Troyens in Paris, Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden, Offenbach’s Un Mari à la porte paired with Cavalleria rusticana in Florence, Rigoletto in Rome, Samson et Dalila in Monaco, Der tote Stadt and Juditha triumphans in Amsterdam, King Roger in Warsaw, Sweeney Todd in Zurich and Die Zauberflöte in Berlin.
In our ‘For the record …’ feature, Michael Chance chooses a favourite recording: Der Rosenkavalier with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Georg Solti and Régine Crespin as the Marschallin and Yvonne Minton as Octavian.
Our disc of the month is Hans Gál’s Das Lied der Nacht , with Lina Liu, Susann Vent-Wunderlich, Gritt Gnauck, Ralph Ertel, Rhys Jenkins, Oliver Weidinger and the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andreas Hotz (CPO).Subscribe