Moses und Aron

November 4, 2015 | By Nick Hammond | Music

Breaking Out ofThe Operatic Comfort Zone A Charolais bull plays the golden calf in Moses und Aron. Photo © Bernd Uhlig If the slogan currently emblazoned across the huge facade of the Bastille Opera House – “Verdi or Schoenberg, why … Read More

Alceste & The Makropoulos Case

September 16, 2013 | By Nick Hammond | Music

Greeks and Glamour Open Paris Opera Season Sophie Koch as Alceste comforts her children. Photo: Opéra National de Paris/Agathe Poupeney When the Viennese composer Christoph Willibald Gluck wrote confidently in 1776, at the time of its first French production, that … Read More


February 7, 2010 | By Nick Hammond | Archive

Fine Cast and OrchestraCarry Revived Production The orchestra onstage. Photo © Julien Benhamou It can sometimes be instructive to revisit an operatic production viewed previously, and I was glad to have the chance to see the return of Olivier Py’s … Read More