Jesse Simon

Comenzó a escribir en el martes, 21 de mayo de 2013. En estos 11 años ha escrito 288 artículos.


Bottomless self-indulgence

Kronfoth and Lwowski, Nixon in China © 2024 by Thomas Aurin
What made the evening baffling is that the staging -directed by Franziska Kronfoth and Julia Lwowski- was clearly the product of considerable technical skill

The Fate of a Nation

Guth, Khovanshchina © 2024 by Monika Rittershaus
If 'Khovanshchina' is rarely described as a masterpiece, this was the production to make one wonder why

A Strauss Fixation

Kratzer, Intermezzo © 2024 by Monika Rittershaus
Tobias Kratzer’s new production at the Deutsche Oper Berlin did little to dispel the unpleasantness behind Intermezzo’s ostensible comedy

A Question of Momentum

With a strong supporting cast and compelling musical direction from Kirill Petrenko, the evening was memorable as much for its unbroken tension as for its explosive outbursts of high drama

Higher Powers

Bösch, Die Frau ohne Schatten © 2024 by Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
With a first-rate cast and the transcendent refinement of Christian Thielemann’s musical direction, the new Bösch's production offered a fittingly grand tribute to Strauss and von Hofmannsthal’s greatest achievement

Recurring Obsessions

Brown, Pique Dame © 2024 by Marcus Lieberenz
If the evening’s vocal and orchestral forces revealed occasional moments of sentimentality in the score, such moments were far outnumbered by passages of emotional candour and grandly wrought beauty

What’s in a number?

Christian Thielemann © 2019 by Orquesta Filarmónica de Viena
Christian Thielemann is among the few modern conductors to have recorded the two unnumbered Bruckner symphonies in the context of a complete cycle, and his recent guest appearance with the Berlin Philharmonic offered audiences the chance to hear these rarities in performances of the highest possible calibre

Rational romantics

Lisa Batiashvili © 2020 by Sammy Hart/DG
Although the programme promised a fairly traditional overture-concerto-symphony structure, the choice of pieces – which included Szymanowski’s first Violin Concerto and Strauss’ Symphonia domestica – and the quality of the performances yielded a concert that balanced obvious thrills with subtler pleasures.

Creatures in the water main

Mundruczó, Rusalka © 2024 by Gianmarco Bresadola
However if Rusalka had its moments of frustration – both musically and theatrically – these were generally outweighed by the conviction of the central performances and the wealth of memorable imagery.

Palace Intrigue

Alden, Anna Bolena © 2023 by Bettina Stöß
In Federica Lombardi the new production at the Deutsche Oper had exactly the voice it needed to transform the evening into an event, and the strong support of Vasilisa Berzhanskaya and René Barbera allowed scene after scene to sparkle on vocal majesty alone.