Spain’s Placido Domingo kissed his Puerto Rican singing partner Ana Maria Martinez, Bryn Terfel belted out tunes from his Welsh homeland and Gilberto Gil played bossa nova from Brazil at this year’s Abu Dhabi Festival.
When the Royal Opera House agreed to coproduce Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” management hoped for something dazzling. Then Lluis Pasqual’s staging opened in Paris. It was dismal, and it was heading their way.
Before fleeing to Paris in 1933, Paul Dessau worked in German theater, film and music, and his lively choral piece, “Haggadah shel Pesach,” contains references to Jewish folksongs and cantorial singing.