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Composer: Offenbach, Jacques (1819-1880)

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BerlinBluebeardNew Production

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Offenbach: Barbe-bleue
Stefan Soltesz; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Christof Hetzer; Esther Bialas; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke; Peter Renz

San DiegoDances, Suites and Serenades

Bernstein, Strauss R., Offenbach
San Diego Symphony; Fabien Gabel; Simone Lamsma

LinzOpernarien und Duette

Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Offenbach, Gounod, Bernstein, Loewe, Gershwin
KünstlerOrchester Wien; Werner Hackl; Daniela Fally; Johannes Rödhammer-Roedemer

San DiegoDances, Suites and Serenades

Bernstein, Strauss R., Offenbach
San Diego Symphony; Fabien Gabel; Simone Lamsma

SalzburgLa Périchole (konzertant)

Offenbach: La Périchole
Marc Minkowski; Aude Extrémo; Benjamin Bernheim; Laurent Alvaro; Lea Desandre
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***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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Play on the Parisian profile: Offenbach’s La Vie parisienne

La Vie parisienne © Thomas Entzeroth
“Eat, dance, sing, and afterwards make love” was the motto for Parisian life, and their pursuit made up the greater part of this performance.
***11
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Grigòlo stars as Debus leads thrilling Hoffmann at The Met

Vittorio Grigòlo (Hoffmann) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
Bartlett Sher's production of The Tales of Hoffmann, revived at The Met, takes a Kafka-esque, surreal view of the opera.
****1
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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