L’Incoronazione di Poppea, considered one of Monteverdi’s best operas, receives an updated production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. The cast is generally outstanding, led by early music specialist Harry Bicket. Soprano Miah Persson exudes sexuality, making it easy to understand how Emperor Nero was enticed into leaving his wife, Ottavia.
Christoph Loy’s production of Mozart’s comic opera is long on vocalism and musicianship and short on sets. Still an enjoyable watch of a rarely performed masterpiece.
Bizet’s perennial favorite opera, Carmen, has been seriously updated in this Barcelona performance. This performance features strong performances by its two leads, Uria Monzon and Alagna, while the minimalist sets detracts from some of the atmosphere of the drama.
Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame is given a mostly splendid performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu with stunning period costumes and sets. The vocalism and music direction is top drawer; the videography borders on sensational.