Das Rheingold / Die Walküre - Bayreuther Festspielhaus, 27 and 28 July 2010
Tankred Dorst's Bayreuth Ring, now in its final year, has found few admirers. Yet there's been no booing so far this year - evidence that its crimes are those of tedium and incompetence rather than outright offensiveness.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg - Opernhaus Zürich, 8 May 2010
A good opera production should acknowledge the period of the work's setting, the composer's own times, and the modern day - or so the maxim goes. It seems for this 2003 production Nikolaus Lehnhoff took the advice literally. So his first act is set in a jerkin-riddled Nuremberg that Dürer might recognise, the second in a misty Victorian dreamscape and the last as a contemporary village pageant.