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Postcard from Vienna

Are you visiting the land of waltzes and Glühwein? Unwind to reviewer Chanda VanderHart's cultural picks.
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GrazDer König tanzt

Couperin, Marais, Rebel, Lully
Neue Hofkapelle Graz; Lucia Froihofer; Michael Hell; Thomas Höft

GrazAlles Walzer

Schubert, Liszt, Godowsky, Kreisler
Willy Büchler; Bernd Glemser; Salonensemble Alt Wien

GrazIn die Südsee

VOU Dance Company; Peter Simonischek

ViennaPelléas and MélisandeNeue Produktion

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Alain Altinoglu; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Dagmar Niefind; Olga Bezsmertna; Adrian Eröd

GrundlseeEin Elfenreigen

Mendelssohn, Purcell
Miriam Andersén; Aris Quartet; Chris Pichler; Ausseer Bradlmusi
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Cecilia Bartoli debuts La donna del lago at the Whitsun Salzburg Festival

Bartoli shines in another Rossini role supported by an uneven cast.
**111
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Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried

Stefan Vinke was a convincing, petulant, pouty Siegfried in the third episode in Wagner's Ring cycle in Vienna.
***11
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Peter Schneider takes the Valkyries on a wild ride in Vienna

Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s minimalist staging brought the protagonists’ complicated psychological interaction into focus but to the detriment of Wagner’s myth and magic.
***11
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Toronto Symphony a Season Highlight at the Konzerthaus Wien

After a 34 year hiatus from the Konzerthaus stage, the Toronto Symphony gave a knockout performance that had everything in spades
****1
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Klepper’s Norma self destructs in Graz

Not only was the production devoid of Druids or Romans, it turned Bellini’s bel canto masterpiece into an implausible, trite, contemporary crypto-Che Guevara misadventure.  
***11
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