Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata
The first ever production of La Traviata by Peter Konwitschny of the Graz Opera is a highly-focused, intelligent reading of the music that was widely acclaimed by audiences.
Claudio Monteverdi: The Coronation of Poppea
At the centre of events is the power-crazed Poppea. She aspires to the top level of the hierarchy and seduces Emperor Nero. He is totally captivated by Poppea and does everything possible to marry her, even if it leads to murder.
Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson et Dalila
A surprisingly actual opera about the mechanisms of fanaticism: the biblical story of Samson and Dalila is an exemplary illustration of how reconciliation is found wanting in the face of religious and political motives.
Carmen by Olivier Py
Georges Bizet's 19th-century masterpiece of French opera has constantly been a worldwide success since its laborious creation at the Opera Comique in Paris; to such an extent, in fact, that today it is the most popular opera in the world. Olivier Py is directing it in Lyon just four years after having presented Curlew River by Britten.
La Monnaie: Dvořák: Rusalka
Antonín Dvořák’s next to last opera draws its substance from the underwater wonderland of little mermaids, Undines and Melusines: Rusalka, a water nymph, wishes to become human in order to be loved by the young prince.
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