Don Pasquale was the first thing I saw in the new season at the Royal Opera. Don't know what it was - a Sunday evening performance? The Royal Opera was on tour in East Asia? The not-so-fresh doll house design? Or the Donizetti score? But it really didn't do it for me. I found myself getting bored. Hmm ... not a good start to the season.
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.