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

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CologneLondon Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz, Beethoven, Sibelius
London Symphony Orchestra; Michael Tilson Thomas; Jan Lisiecki

CologneConcert in the Cologne Cathedral

Feldman, Streich
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Laura Aikin; Vokalensemble Kölner Dom

CologneWiener Symphoniker auf Tour

Schumann, Dvořák
Vienna Symphony Orchestra; Philippe Jordan; Julia Fischer

CologneSymphony Concert 11

Rimsky-Korsakov, Taneyev, Rachmaninov
Gürzenich Orchestra; Petr Fiala; Anna Samuil; Dmytro Popov; Tschechischer Philharmonischer Chor Brünn; Dmitri Kitayenko

CologneGastkonzert - Operngala

North West German Philharmonic; Heinz Walter Florin; Vokalsolisten; Bonner Operisten; Deutz-Chor Köln; Collegium Cantandi

CologneSymphony Concert 12

Mendelssohn, Manoury, Beethoven
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Emmanuel Pahud
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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
****1
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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.
****1
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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.
***11
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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.
****1
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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.
****1
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

Stefan Cerny (Rocco) and Emma Bell (Leonore) © Paul Leclaire
In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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