Cher Public

Judith Malafronte

Tenors gone wild

Among several fine productions at Aix this summer, Dmitri Tcherniakov’s brilliantly conceived and executed Carmen proved a game changer.  Read more »

The beautiful stage is empty

Two productions at the Aix-en-Provence festival shared one look: empty stage with mechanisms visible, jumbled and mismatched costumes, and a recurring image of light bulbs. One was guided by the music and allowed the alert and stylish singers full range of expression and language, the other was an over-intellectualized mess with so many visual distractions and casting irregularities that only strong musical leadership kept the show from derailing.  Read more »