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Performer: Komische Oper Berlin

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BerlinDie Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)

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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Suzanne Andrade; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinDie tote Stadt (The Dead City)New production

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Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Ainārs Rubiķis; Robert Carsen; Komische Oper Berlin; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinBlaubart

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Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
TBC; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinAnatevka (Fiddler on the Roof)

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Bock: Fiddler on the Roof
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Otto Pichler; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin

BerlinDie Liebe zu drei Orangen (The Love for Three Oranges)

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Prokofiev: The Love for Three Oranges
Ainārs Rubiķis; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Shostakovich's early masterpiece is fêted at the Komische Oper Berlin
****1
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Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Handel’s Semele is presented as a flashback at the Komische Oper in Berlin. 
****1
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Kosky's compelling Onegin returns to the Komische Ope

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de (2016)
Tchaikovsky's opera packs a powerful emotional punch in the Komische Oper's concentrated and dreamlike production.
****1
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