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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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GrazSymphonic Dances

Bernstein, Muthspiel, Stravinsky
Recreation-Großes Orchester Graz; Christian Muthspiel; Wolfgang Muthspiel

ViennaWerther

Massenet: Werther
Frédéric Chaslin; Andrei Serban; Vienna State Opera; Peter Pabst; Petra Reinhardt; Ludovic Tézier; Sophie Koch

ViennaL'Italiana in Algeri

Rossini: L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
Evelino Pidò; Jean-Pierre Ponnelle; Vienna State Opera; Margarita Gritskova; Maxim Mironov; Adam Plachetka; Paolo Rumetz

ViennaBeethoven: Symphonie Nr. 9

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Johannes Prinz; Singverein der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien; Gustavo Dudamel; Julianna Di Giacomo; J’nai Bridges

ViennaParsifalNeue Produktion

Wagner: Parsifal
Semyon Bychkov; Alvis Hermanis; Vienna State Opera; Ieva Jurjane; Nina Stemme; Christopher Ventris; Gerald Finley
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Nuanced revival of McVicar's Tristan und Isolde

Sir David McVicar's production of Tristan und Isolde premiered at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013, and was then recognized as a friendly platform for singers. Here it is freshly revived with a new cast.
****1
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Hidden gems by Carlo Ambrogio Lonati

An Italian composer, Lonati composed, taught and was by all accounts brilliant on stage, where he made comedic singing and playing violin his unique calling card. 
**111
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Slaughter on Tauris: Handel's Oreste

Kay Link's new production of Handel's pasticcio Oreste is surprisingly strong theatrically, often musically too. 
****1
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A triumphant new Trovatore in Vienna

Vienna stages an all-star new production of Verdi's classic, with sublime singing in Daniele Abbado's Spanish Civil War setting.
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The Congress dances in Vienna

In spite of some good singing, the Volksoper's update of Werner Richard Heymann's 1931 movie doesn't quite catch fire.