Jesse Simon

Comenzó a escribir en el martes, 21 de mayo de 2013. En estos 9 años ha escrito 242 artículos.


Obscure desires

Loy, Der Schatzgräber © 2022 by Monika Rittershaus
A new production of 'Der Schatzgräber' at the Deutsche Oper, was brought to life by director Christof Loy and conductor Marc Albrecht, the team who, in 2018, turned Korngold’s 'Das Wunder der Heliane' into both a surprise success and perhaps the most rewarding instalment in the Deutsche Oper’s ongoing series of early twentieth century ‘rediscoveries.’

The word becomes music

Audi, Fin de Partie © 2022 by Opéra national de Paris
Masterpieces are rare, and masterpieces built on the foundation of other masterpieces are even less common.With ‘Fin de Partie’, however, Kurtág has come very close

The subtle betrayal

Huguet, Don Giovanni © 2022 by Matthias Baus
The new production of Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden has a magnificent cast.The quality of the performances, however, must be weighed against that of the staging.

Tales of oppression and resistance

Py, Les Vêpres Siciliennes © 2022 by Marcus Lieberenz
'Les Vêpres Siciliennes' allowed Mr Py to present a vast canvas of oppression and resistance.With the addition of several great vocal performances and the taut musical direction of Enrique Mazzola, the production turned Verdi’s most conspicuous attempt to adapt his style to Parisian tastes into an engaging spectacle

Grand Gestures

Mr Barenboim's reading, full of grand gestures and sudden intrusions, strove for the highest possible levels of drama and had little room for tidy formalities.The music that emerged was full of raw, rough edges, unsanded and unpolished, but burning with fresh heat from the cut.

The Middle Path

Gustavo Dudamel © Orquesta Filarmónica de Los Ángeles
Mr Dudamel’s Mahler is often brilliant – and invariably accessible – there have been moments in the past where it has all seemed a bit too tidy.For his recent performance of the Second, however, he delivered a reading in which the moment-to-moment thrill of bringing the music to life eclipsed any hint of mannerism.

The Curse of Immortality

Guth, Věc Makropulos © 2022 by Monika Rittershaus
Many of Janáček’s later operas deal broadly with the theme of redemption, but the routes they take to get there are remarkably diverse, from bleak brutality to gentle comedy.

Cancelling the Count

Jones, Le Nozze di Figaro © 2022 by Vincent Pontet / OnP
There is always the danger that new productions will simply coast on the charm of the music without bothering to make a strong case for the continued relevance of the story

Madness and Redemption

Rued Langgaard: Antikrist © 2022 by Thomas Aurin
While Ersan Mondtag’s visually provocative staging often seemed too eager to steal the spotlight, it was the majesty of Langgaard’s unique score that made for a memorable, often captivating evening

The Limitations of Magic

Herheim, Siegfried © 2021 by Bernd Uhlig
Given director Stefan Herheim’s previous successes in realising the most conspicuously magical episodes of Rheingold and delineating the subtle character drama of Walküre, one had high hopes that he might even be able to pull off the impossible task of creating a Siegfried that didn’t drag in its opening acts.