It was to be a fun evening. Director Robert Lepage and designer Carl Filion gave glitz and glam to the Royal Opera's new production the Rake's Progress. Charles Castronovo sang the part of Tom Rakewell wonderfully - with the acting skills and look to match. John Relyea was Faustian in his portrayal of Shadow. Tom Ades conducted the show with much precision, though the orchestra could have been a wee bit more rhythmic.
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.