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A curiously uninvolving Tosca in Darmstadt

Mickael Spadaccini (Cavaradossi) and Izabela Matula (Tosca) © Stephan Ernst
This Tosca had many good things in it but was ultimately over-intellectuallised and uninvolving
***11
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A Romantic ghost story in Darmstadt

Astrid Weber (Senta) © Wolfgang Runkel
Darmstadt's Flying Dutchman was a gripping Romantic ghost story with a stong Senta in Astrid Weber. 
****1
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Mystery, energy and dancing in Darmstadt

Staatsorchester Darmstadt © Vincent Stefan
The Staatsorchester Darmstadt under Will Humburg performed three mightly works for large orchestra to bring its season to a close: Kurtág's Stele, Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.
****1
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Gripping Staatstheater Wiesbaden Eugene Onegin

Christopher Bolduc (Onegin) and Silvia Hauer (Olga) © Karl & Monika Forster | Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Director Vasily Barkhatov’s production of Eugene Onegin travels to Darmstadt. 
****1
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Darmstadt shows what it can do, courtesy of Mahler's Eighth Symphony

Martin Lukas Meister with the orchestra and choruses in rehearsal  ©  Barbara Aumüller
The city of Darmstadt is blessed with a theatre that sustains a wide-ranging repertoire of first-class drama, opera and concerts, and the cross-fertilisation of music and theatre was apparent this evening: the concert commenced with a moment of splendid theatricality.
****1
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Publikum auf Wanderschaft

Thomas Mehnert (Tempo) © Thomas M. Jauk
Darmstadts neuer Intendant lässt das Publikum den Prozess der neuen Ausrichtung des Theaters hautnah miterleben und bietet eine ganz neue Perspektive auf eine Vorstellung.
***11
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