Jesse Simon

Comenzó a escribir en el martes, 21 de mayo de 2013. En estos 8 años ha escrito 231 artículos.


The Whole of the Law

Kosky, Aufstieg und Fall ... © 2021 by Iko Freese
One emerged from the auditorium slightly battered, and with a bad taste in the mouth;which, one suspects, was Mr Kosky’s goal.If parts of the staging leaned in the direction of excess, much of the music was notable for its restraint.

The men who were recklessly curious

Huguet, Così fan tutte © Matthias Baus
Between a superb ensemble cast and Daniel Barenboim’s perfectly-judged musical direction, it was a thrilling opening to the Staatsoper’s new season

A Misremembered Past

Huguet, Le nozze di Figaro © 2021 by Matthias Baus
For its first run of live performances, the production benefitted from both the buzz of a real audience and a generally superior cast to that of the première.Vincent Huguet’s staging, however, remained aggressively bland and perplexingly uninspired, a triumph of sets and costumes over ideas and characters.

Surrender to the Rhythm

Kirill Petrenko ©  Wilfried Hösl/Berlin Philharmonic
The same sphinx-like impenetrability presided over the Berlin Philharmonic’s season opening concert, which featured a trio of wonderful pieces given performances of equal brilliance.In the overture to Weber’s Oberon, in the restless Scherzo of Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphoses, and in nearly every moment of Schubert’s ‘Great’ C-Major Symphony one was never allowed to forget the insistence of the rhythm.

The Magician

Herheim, Das Rheingold © 2021 by Bernd Uhlig
In April of last year, the Deutsche Oper announced that their new production of 'Das Rheingold', the first installment in Stefan Herheim’s highly anticipated new 'Ring Cycle', would have to be postponed.

Frontier Justice

Steier, La Fanciulla del West © 2021 by Martin Sigmund
Staatsoper’s new production of 'La Fanciulla del West' was an unexpected delight.Although it featured three strong principals and a reasonably focussed staging, its persuasive energy came primarily from the eruptions of orchestral emotion.

Change of the Guard

The passing of the baton from one generation to the next is very much the theme of the new Mahler box set from Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.

From the outer fringes of the repertoire

One can never tire of Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky casts an undeniable spell over listeners and concert-goers, but it is Mr Petrenko’s willingness to champion lesser known works from the outer fringes of the repertoire that may yet come to define his partnership with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Cold Passions

Francesconi, Quartett © Monika Rittershaus, 2020
Although Luca Francesconi’s Quartett production had undoubtedly been scheduled long before the first wave of the COVID pandemic, the opera, a claustrophobic and occasionally harrowing adaptation of Heiner Müller’s stage play of the same name, had an edge of lockdown madness that made it especially timely.

Conceptual Baggage

Herheim, Die Walküre © 2020 by Bernd Uhlig
Although many of the images in this Walküre may have drawn on conceptual threads from Mr Herheim’s yet-unseen Rheingold, the staging stood admirably on its own.Regardless of whether or not the suitcases were the continuation of an element from Rheingold, they did an excellent job of mirroring the sense of desperate flight that pervades the opera: Siegmund from his pursuers, Siegmund and Sieglinde from Hunding, Brünnhilde from Wotan, Wotan from Fricka and the inevitability of his End.