Orlando - Semperoper Dresden, 3 March 2013
Since Fabio Luisi abandoned ship three years ago, Dresden Semperoper has been without a music director. (Christian Thielemann is chief conductor of the Staatskapelle orchestra, a position technically without opera or management responsibilities). And for more than a year there’s been no artistic director either; when the late Ulrike Hessler’s illness became serious, her place as Intendant was ‘temporarily’ filled by the commercial director, a position he still holds.
This artistic management void must go some way toward explaining the colossal balls-up that is Dresden’s new production of Handel’s Orlando. Its only redeeming quality is the touching commitment of the performers.