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Articles by Ako Imamura

Ako Imamura
Ako Imamura
Pretty Yende (Leïla) and Javier Camarena (Nadir) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

The Pearl Fishers: a lackluster evening at The Met

By , 18 November 2018
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Erika Gál (The Queen of Sheba) © Attila Nagy | Hungarian State Opera

Goldmark's The Queen of Sheba a rare Hungarian delight in New York

By , 04 November 2018
***11
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Venera Gimadieva (Violetta) © Scott Suchman

Venera Gimadieva leads a moving Traviata in DC

By , 23 October 2018
****1
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Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)

Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

By , 14 October 2018
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Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)

Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

By , 02 October 2018
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Anna Netrebko (Aida) and Anita Rachvelishvili (Amneris) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

At The Met, Netrebko triumphs as Aida, with Rachvelishvili a powerful rival

By , 27 September 2018
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Nicole Car (Mimì) and Vittorio Grigòlo © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

Fresh talent breathes new life into The Met's traditional Bohème

By , 26 September 2018
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David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl

Reality and fantasy in a new production of Orlando Paladino in Munich

By , 27 July 2018
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Gerhard Siegel and Nina Stemme © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra

Stupendous Tristan und Isolde in Cleveland with Stemme and Welser-Möst

By , 01 May 2018
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Parsifal © Hans Jörg Michel

An unforgettable Good Friday Parsifal in Mannheim's historic production

By , 31 March 2018
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Simon O'Neill © Askonas Holt

New York Philharmonic shines in a concert performance of Die Walküre

By , 16 February 2018
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Catherine Naglestad (Salome) © Monika Rittershaus

Catherine Naglestad's splendid Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 29 January 2018
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Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva) and Christiane Karg (Susanna) © Chris Lee | Metropolitan Opera

Met's revival of Figaro as relevant today as ever

By , 10 December 2017
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Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn

Willy Decker's stylish production enhances vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

By , 09 December 2017
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Regine Hangler (Daphne) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn

Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

By , 05 December 2017
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Soloists and Met Opera Chorus © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera

The Metropolitan Opera pays tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky with Verdi's Requiem

By , 25 November 2017
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Tannhäuser © Bettina Stöss (2014)

Rousing musical success in imaginative Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 12 November 2017
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Anja Kampe (Katerina) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Boris) © Wilfried Hösl

A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

By , 06 November 2017
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Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga

A stunning Götterdämmerung in Dresden

By , 02 November 2017
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Oksana Dyka (Turandot) and Aleksandrs Antonenko (Calaf) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera

Dyka and Antonenko shine in an extravagant Turandot at the Met

By , 19 October 2017
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