“If you donâ€™t usually go to the opera and want to give it a try, go and see Carmen in Leipzig [for] what ‘opera’ â€“ that peculiar mix of literature, theatre and musicÂ â€“ can and should accomplish. However, if youâ€™re an expert, whether or not you’ll appreciate the show will, as illustrated by the criticsâ€™ contradicting each other, depend on your personal taste.”
“If you happen to open a piano-vocal score of Lulu, it looks like a vengeful composer threw up random spots of black onto the musical staff, tied some rhythms to it, and called it a day. And yet… it sounds like glorious music.”
In the first of a two-part piece, maeshelle west-davies and Christopher Lade go see Lulu. She speaks up first. Will they agree or agree to disagree?
Opera singer Jeffery Kruegerâ€™s journey from the American heartland to the German stage.
Opera on Tap, a non-profit run by aspiring artists, has come to Leipzig to drag opera out of the house for a night on the town. The next show is 23 May at Beyerhaus.
Though unimpressed with its Regietheater component, our classical music reviewer was largely impressed with the singing and recommends the opera as a good, accessible introduction to Wagner. Last performance of the season: 27 May at Oper Leipzig.