14 December 2018
Which productions got highest score in conducting rating among those analyzed by BravOpera during 2018? Who were the best conductors?
Before to start you can click here in the FAQs to see the BravOpera’s meaning for conducting rating!
Usually critics are very generous with conductors, except for Germans, usually very attentive about intention and interpretation of who led the orchestra. Because of that we have more production with conducting ratings close to the perfect score than cast or directing rating. Here the best of them!
Third prize 98/100
The third-place dead heat goes to 4 different productions, two of them signed Royal Opera House and both conducted by Antonio Pappano: Götterdämmerung, last gathering of the Wagnerian Tetralogy, and Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk.
On the same step of the podium there are Fabio Luisi for his Simon Boccanegra at Opéra national de Paris and Enrique Mazzola who conducted Les Contes d’Hoffmann at Deutsche Oper Berlin this December.
Second prize 99/100
The second place goes again to Fabio Luisi who led the Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala in the rediscover of the rare opera by Riccardo Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini. On “Financial Times” James Imam wrote «Zandonai sets the orchestra as the real protagonist, and conductor Fabio Luisi draws an edge-of-your-seat account of the score».
First prize 100/100
On the top of the podium we have two conductors. One was very active this year, he was the leading elements of three productions, two at la Scala and one in Fenice: Myung-Whun Chung, who was awarded by the critics with perfect score for conducting Simon Boccanegra in the Milanese opera house.
Second best conducting rating of 2018 was Ingo Metzmacher thanks to his perfect work on the dyptich La Voix humaine/Le Château de Barbe-Bleue at Opéra de Paris. Clement Tallia for “ForumOpera.com” «Ingo Metzmacher marie tout cela avec un naturel désarmant, fidèle à une réputation forgée au contact des œuvres les plus exigeantes».