A completely reconceptualized version of Offenbach’s masterpiece that is frequently senseless with stage devices that simply fall flat
Belgian choreographer Alain Platel has made an ambitious effort to collate his ultramodern dance routines to the choral works of Verdi and Wagner. As a paean to social protest, it is a series of hits and misses captured with beautiful sight and sound recording. Probably not for classic balletomanes, the physicality of the “dance” routines border on the sensational.
The Carmen theme is taken back to its flamenco roots in this Teatro Real de Madrid production. Antonio Gades and Carlos Saura give the dancers free rein to create an earthy yet compelling realization of this tale of fatal love.
A musically satisfying performance of Janacek’s masterpiece, Jenufa, is rendered by the Teatro Real forces led by Ivor Bolton. Excellent vocal performances are led by Amanda Roocroft, Debra Polaski and Miroslav Dvorsky. The video quality is not quite up to the best current standards but the voices are well captured by the audio engineers.