Janice Watson gave a convincing portrayal of Káta Kabanova at the revival of this fantastic Royal Opera production with the swirling stage hinting at the doomed Káta. Felicity Palmer sang Marfa Ignatevna Kabanova with venom and Kurt Streit a passionate lover. Sir Charles Mackerras conducted with much gusto - while the pace of drama moved along nicely.
I was lucky to have gotten a ticket to see Bernard Haitink conduct the Vienna Philharmonic in Bruckner 7th Symphony. No doubt it is a work that Haitink knows well - he did it without score. The movements were broad, had shape, and above all nuanced rather than bombastic. His mildmannered gestures were in starck contract to Andris Nelsons's rendition of Bruckner 8 (earlier in the season). It was a real treat to see this maestro still deliveirng the musical umph at 90. A memorable concert that was.