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

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CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 7

Wagner, Shostakovich, Beethoven
Gürzenich Orchestra; Karina Canellakis; Nicolas Altstaedt

CologneBergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Edward Gardner & Truls Mørk

Strauss R., Elgar, Brahms
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Edward Gardner; Truls Mørk

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 8

Shostakovich: Symphony no. 7 in C major, "Leningrad" Op.60
Gürzenich Orchestra; James Conlon

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Passion Concert

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Gürzenich Orchestra; François-Xavier Roth; Matthias Klink; Tareq Nazmi; Anna Lucia Richter; Isabelle Druet

CologneGürzenich Orchestra: Symphony Concert 9

Aperghis, Bruckner
Gürzenich Orchestra; Emilio Pomàrico; Teodoro Anzellotti

CologneRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Köln

© Anne Dokter
Eötvös, van der Aa, Lutosławski
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Péter Eötvös; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Sol Gabetta
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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. 
**111
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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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