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Richard Wagner: a birthday playlist

It's Richard's birthday, and time for all good Gods, heroes and opera lovers to wake up and celebrate! 

Robert Lepage's Ring at the Met

An appraisal of Robert Lepage's controversial production of the Ring cycle at the Metropolitan Opera, in its revival in 2013.
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BerlinLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Donald Runnicles; Kasper Holten; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Axel Kober; Steffen Aarfing; Marko Mimica

ParisStrauss, Wagner, Bernstein

Strauss R., Wagner, Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Krystian Zimerman

DortmundStrauss, Wagner, Bernstein

Strauss R., Wagner, Bernstein
London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Simon Rattle; Krystian Zimerman
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Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried far from idyllic

Tatjana Gürbaca’s whole scale tampering with Wagner’s Siegfried had so many flashbacks and flashforwards there should have been a warning for photosensitive members of the audience.  
**111
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An abstract tryst by moonlight at the Liceu

The 2011 Lyon production, with an excellent orchestral and vocal performance, brings an austerely moonlit version of Tristan und Isolde to Barcelona.
****1
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Runnicles conducts Humperdinck and Wagner

Runnicles presents a concert weighted towards a splendid second half.
***11
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