"Kristina Mkhitaryan's Giulietta combined contrasting characteristics of two famous predecessors Anna Netrebko and Edita Gruberová"
"Nicola Raab's staging, with designs by Ashley Martin-Davis, was sober but brooding"
"Nino Surguladze's Romeo exuded coltish energy and her singing was both vigorous and cultivated"
"With succulent tone that underpinned a diamond-etched line, Kristina Mkhitaryan's Giulietta combined contrasting characteristics of two famous predecessors Anna Netrebko and Edita Gruberová"
"The amalgam of elegance and violence was carried through in the production's use of the art of fencing, which provided an ingenious visual analogy for the stylized intensity and risk-taking of the art of bel canto"
"In the first scene the masked gentlemen of the excellent Edvard Grieg Kor were seen praising their swordsmanship"
"An explicit modern touch was added by Magnus Skrede's black-and-white photographs of the lovers"
"Christopher Tiesi had been unwell; if he deployed his top register with caution, there was seductive velvet in Tebaldo's tone"
"As a younger Lorenzo than usual, Alexander Robin Baker made an impressive, almost Heldentenorial sound"
"Igor Gnidii was a full-toned and authoritative Capellio"
"Fabio Biondi shaped the entire performance completely persuasively, never slipping into indulgence or over-emphasis, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra played, as ever, with luminosity and refinement"
Reviewed by Yehuda Shapiro
Read the full review in Opera, February 2017 edition
By Bergen Nasjonale Opera
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