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    Schigolch
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    Lady Macbeth & Don Quichotte at Teatro Real

    Lady Macbeth - Shostakovich

    Teatro Real, Madrid

    Katerina Ismailova - Eva-Maria Westbroek
    Boris Ismailov - Vladimir Vaneev
    Zinovi Ismailov - Ludovit Ludha
    Serguei - Michael König

    Stage Director - Martin Kusej
    Conductor - Hartmut Haenchen

    The audience was treated to a good Opera evening with this production coming from the Nederlandse Opera, with a great performance by Eva-Maria Westbroek.

    The Dutch singer really owns the role, as a singer and as an actress. The last scene was heart-rending, with a hopeless Katerina marked by her crimes, deserted by her lover, and deciding to kill her rival and herself. Ms. Westbroek's voice has many qualities, with just one minor flaw in the way she emits her top notes.

    Her companions were just correct, except for Mr. Vaneev, that lacks the voice of a true bass.

    The orchestra and chorus are performing better this year, and they had a good night, that was not perfect due to the excessively restrained conducting from Mr. Haenchen.

    Mr. Kusej's staging is powerful and to the point. The crucial scene of the first intercourse between Katerina and Serguei is well resolved, though the use of a stroboscopic lamp could bother some members of the audience.
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    Don Quichotte - Massenet

    Teatro Real, Madrid

    Don Quichotte - Ferrucio Furlanetto
    Sancho Pança - Eduardo Chama
    Dulcinée - Anna Caterina Antonacci

    Stage Director - It was a concert
    Conductor - Marc Piollet


    This beautiful Massenet's opera is not staged often. It was not even staged that evening, just a concert version, but it was really very nice to hear all this music live in the Theater.

    First, we need to recognize the great work by Mr. Piollet in the pit. He was able to get a wonderful answer from the orchestra, even the strings section (with a moving solo by the cellist included). The interludes were brilliantly performed, with a fascinating attention to detail.

    Anna Caterina Antonacci was at her best, which is to say a lot. She is a little bit erratic in her performances, but when inspired she can carry the night with her voice and her personality. As usual, she offered us her velvety tones in the middle register, that are her trademark. She will come back to Madrid in 2013-2014 for staged opera: Les Troyens.

    Mr. Furlanetto has never been the most polished of singers, and after a long career he is not at his best vocally, but he was credible as the man from La Mancha, and he was able to move the audience in the last Act.

    About Mr. Chama... let's say he was amusing and the score asks for little more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schigolch View Post
    Don Quichotte - Massenet

    Teatro Real, Madrid

    Don Quichotte - Ferrucio Furlanetto
    Sancho Pança - Eduardo Chama
    Dulcinée - Anna Caterina Antonacci

    Stage Director - It was a concert
    Conductor - Marc Piollet


    This beautiful Massenet's opera is not staged often. It was not even staged that evening, just a concert version, but it was really very nice to hear all this music live in the Theater.

    First, we need to recognize the great work by Mr. Piollet in the pit. He was able to get a wonderful answer from the orchestra, even the strings section (with a moving solo by the cellist included). The interludes were brilliantly performed, with a fascinating attention to detail.

    Anna Caterina Antonacci was at her best, which is to say a lot. She is a little bit erratic in her performances, but when inspired she can carry the night with her voice and her personality. As usual, she offered us her velvety tones in the middle register, that are her trademark. She will come back to Madrid in 2013-2014 for staged opera: Les Troyens.

    Mr. Furlanetto has never been the most polished of singers, and after a long career he is not at his best vocally, but he was credible as the man from La Mancha, and he was able to move the audience in the last Act.

    About Mr. Chama... let's say he was amusing and the score asks for little more.
    Interesting to read your review Schigolch - I would love to see this live. I first heard of this opera when it was staged by Seattle Opera earlier this year & got to know & like it.
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