The Past and the Present: Edward II at the Deutsche Oper, Berlin


Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini – Edward II

Edward II – Michael Nagy
Isabella – Agneta Eichenholz
Piers de Gaveston – Ladislav Elgr
Roger Mortimer – Andrew Harris
Walter Langton, Bischof von Coventry – Burkhard Ulrich
Lightborn – James Kryshak
Engel – Jarrett Ott
Soldaten/Räte/Geistliche – Markus Brück, Gideon Poppe
Spencer jr – Gieorgij Puchalski
Prinz Edward – Mattis van Hasselt

Chor der Deutschen Oper Berlin, Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin /  Thomas Søndergård.
Stage director – Christof Loy

Deutsche Oper, Berlin, Germany.  Sunday, February 19th, 2017.

Tonight marked the premiere of 45-year-old Swiss composer Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini’s third opera, Edward II.  Written in cooperation with the librettist Thomas Jonigk, it proved to be an arresting evening in the theatre and an engaging introduction to his work.  The Deutsche Oper certainly pulled out all the stops for him.  In preparation they published a number of trailers on their website as well as…

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Of life, love and loss: Der Rosenkavalier at the Bayerische Staatsoper


Strauss – Der Rosenkavalier

Feldmarschallin – Anja Harteros
Baron Ochs – Günther Groissböck
Octavian – Angela Brower
Faninal – Markus Eiche
Sophie – Golda Schultz
Marianne Leitmetzerin – Christiane Kohl
Valzacchi – Ulrich Reß
Annina – Heike Grötzinger
Sänger – Andrej Dunaev
Ein Polizeikommissar – Peter Lobert
Der Haushofmeister bei der Feldmarschallin – Matthew Grills
Der Haushofmeister bei Faninal – Kevin Conners
Ein Notar – Christian Rieger
Ein Wirt – Dean Power
Eine Modistin – Selene Zanetti
Ein Tierhändler – Joshua Owen Mills

Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Kirill Petrenko.
Stage direction – Otto Schenk.

Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich, Germany.  Saturday, February 11th, 2017.

The Bayerische Staatsoper does not usually make photographs available of repertoire evenings such as this.  Apologies for the lack of photos with this review. 

The winter illnesses that beset last night’s Otello in Vienna also led to some cast changes for tonight’s Rosenkavalier here in…

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Interview with Eric Cutler



Born in Iowa, Eric Cutler is recognized as one of the most exciting tenors in the heroic French and German repertoires before the public today.  Having studied at Luther College and then on the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artists’ Development Program, he has since appeared on many of the world’s leading lyric stages including the Metropolitan Opera, the Bayerische Staatsoper, La Fenice, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Paris Opéra, València’s Palau de les Arts, Opera Vlaanderen and the Canadian Opera Company.  Recent, current and forthcoming assignments include Hoffmann in Dresden, Roméo in Chicago, and Florestan in Stuttgart.  I caught up with Mr Cutler from his home in Germany as he prepared for his upcoming appearances as Apollo in the Hamburg Staatsoper’s Daphne

Eric Cutler. Photo: © Dario Acosta. Eric Cutler. Photo: © Dario Acosta.

Mr Cutler you very recently appeared in Dresden as Hoffmann.  It’s a massive sing because you are pretty much on…

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