Piotr Beczala was amazing as Roméo at the revival of Carlo Tommasi's design of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. He partnered really well with Nino Machaidze (as Juliette) - in terms of acting, voice, and rapport. Daniel Oren took extra trouble to ensure the rich sound from the orchestra did not overwhelm the voices on stage. The chorus was also superlative - from the big crowd scenes to the tender prayer moments. Fab.
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.