I don’t like Berg. So I was surprised by how much I enjoyed Lulu at the Bayerische Staatsoper. It almost felt like a super-dramatic play with bizarre incidental music rather than an opera. That’s mostly because the cast was full of incredible singing actors—even the people who sometimes struggled vocally were always dramatically on point. Also, the playing (and conducting by Petrenko) made the score sound much more melodic than any of the recordings I’d heard. My full review for Opera Online is here.