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February 2018
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Bernstein: Candide
Andreas Schüller; Staatsoperette Dresden; Winfried Schneider

DresdenWonderful Town

Bernstein: Wonderful Town
Peter Christian Feigel; Matthias Davids; Staatsoperette Dresden; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Judith Peter

Dresden8. Symphoniekonzert

Ramirez, Bernstein, Schubert
Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden; Omer Meir Wellber; Airam Hernandez; Midori; Emily Dorn; Daniel Johansson

DresdenRoyal Scottish National Orchestra – Oundjian – Benedetti

Britten, Bernstein, Brahms
Royal Scottish National Orchestra; Peter Oundjian; Nicola Benedetti


Bernstein: Candide
Andreas Schüller; Winfried Schneider; Staatsoperette Dresden

DresdenDer Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz
Alexander Soddy; Axel Köhler; Dresden State Opera; Christoph Gedschold; Arne Walther; Katharina Weissenborn; Sebastian Wartig
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
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All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Wagner demands vocal resilience from the large cast of singers in Das Rheingold, but Willy Decker wants strong thigh muscles as well.
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Nostalgia and neurosis as Die tote Stadt returns to the Semperoper after nearly a century

Christoph Pohl (Frank/Fritz) and Manuela Uhl (Marietta) © David Baltzer
In a score that can be a Technicolor wallow, Jurowski’s sure sense of dramatic pulse and balance, encompassed the brash dance rhythms, religious grandeur, vivid tone painting and the extremes of dissonance.
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Marek Janowski returns to Weber’s Euryanthe

Emily Magee and Catherine Foster among the cast for Euryanthe in Dresden © Björn Kadenbach
Emily Magee was in glowingly refulgent voice as the 'damsel in distress', Euryanthe, in this concert performance of Weber's rarity. 
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