New Year’s Day Concert, Vienna
Sunday 14th February
Cosi Fan Tutti by Mozart
Sunday 3rd April, Sunday 10th, Sunday 24thThis Salzburg production is from 1983 (now fully remastered) with an outstanding cast of Margaret Marshall, Ann Murray, Francisco Araiza, James Morris, Sesto Bruscantini and Kathleen Battle who give an incisive rendition. Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic with great intensity and achieves perfection.
Faust by Gounod
Sunday 5th June, Sunday 12th, Sunday 26thUnusually this exceptional performance years ago (1973) was captured on film for posterity.The dream cast are led by Kraus (Faust), Scotto (Marguerite) and Ghiaurov (Mephistopheles) who use their artistry to set a standard yet to be matched. The production is traditional and includes the Walpurgis Night ballet sequence that is so often omitted.
Opera Rara: Les Brigands by Offenbach
Sunday 31st JulyThis is a recent (2011) French production but entirely traditional and true to the original. With delightful comic business and perfectly timed, it is an absolute delight. The orchestra plays on mid-nineteenth century instruments to give the authentic sound of the period.
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Sunday 11th September, Sunday 18th, Sunday 25thFilmed live at La Scala in 1994 with Ferruccio Furlanetto in the title role, this is opera buffa as it should be done, full of comedy and pathos but never reduced to pantomime. The supporting cast is excellent and Riccardo Muti and subtlety.
Giselle by Adolphe Adam
Sunday 6th NovemberFor once, a recent production (Jan. 2014) from The Royal Ballet, with Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova, with the original choreography of Marius Pepita. This romantic ballet is presented to the highest standard.
Die Fiedermaus by Johann Strauss
Sunday 27th November, Sunday 4th December, Sunday 11thProbably the best known of all operettas and from the Austrian Mörbisch Festival of 1996 comes this lavish and humorous production, full of delightful melodies and amusing situations. (First shown in January 2010 but now with English subtitles.)