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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Cologne, Germany

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December 2018
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CologneLondon Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington

London Philharmonic Orchestra & Sir Roger Norrington
Beethoven, Saint-Saëns
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Roger Norrington; Fazıl Say

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 4

Parra, Schumann
Gürzenich Orchestra; Thomas Goepfer; Truls Mørk; IRCAM; François-Xavier Roth

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: New Year's Concert

Offenbach: Offenbachiade
Gürzenich Orchestra; Alexandre Bloch; Pablo Ferrández

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 5

Schumann, Chopin, Zemlinsky
Gürzenich Orchestra; Pablo González; Jennifer Holloway; Michael Nagy; Yeol Eum Son

ColognePhilharmonia Orchestra London in Köln

Beethoven, Shostakovich, Rachmaninov
Philharmonia Orchestra; Paavo Järvi; Hilary Hahn

CologneRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra in Köln

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Köln
Britten, Bruch, Rimsky-Korsakov
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Lionel Bringuier; Arabella Steinbacher
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
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Mercurial Schumann and portentous Bruckner in Cologne

Michael Sanderling © Marco Borggreve
Pianist Alice Sara Ott and the Dresden Philharmonic at the Cologne Philharmonic
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
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Tripping the light fantastic in Köln

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln © Holger Talinski
François-Xavier Roth conducts sparkling, refreshing accounts of Debussy, Schumann and Strauss in the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln season-opening gala.
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