“I get so absorbed in my roles, it’s like a drug,” says opera star Jonas Kaufmann . “I have to remember to keep control. I don’t want to end up really killing the soprano. I just want to make it look like it.”
With ballet, fencing and buffoonery as well as the star tenor Jonas Kaufmann in a ghastly gold leopard-print suit, Richard Strauss’s opera “Ariadne auf Naxos” at the Salzburg Festival has something for everyone.
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.