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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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ViennaDas Rheingold

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Okka von der Damerau; Mihoko Fujimura

ViennaDie Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Peter Schneider; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Robert Dean Smith; Ain Anger

ViennaLe nozze di Figaro

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Ádám Fischer; Jean-Louis Martinoty; Vienna State Opera; Hans Schavernoch; Sylvie de Segonzac; Adam Plachetka; Genia Kühmeier

ViennaElegie für junge Liebende

Henze: Elegy for Young Lovers
Marc Albrecht; Keith Warner; Theater an der Wien; Es Devlin; Anna Lucia Richter; Laura Aikin; Angelika Kirchschlager

ViennaMusic and Word

Beethoven
Christian Altenburger; Markus Schirmer; Andrea Eckert
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Hindemith's Die Harmonie der Welt in Linz

Hindemith's opera, based on the life and theories of Johannes Kepler, is impressively realised by the Landestheater
****1
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Atmospheric Lenten concert by Currentzis

This Lenten concert given by Currentzis and MusicAeterna at Vienna’s Konzerthaus was certainly solemn and atmospheric – the auditorium was shrouded in darkness from beginning to end.
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Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Staatsoper

In 2010, the première of Reimann's Medea was welcomed with enthusiasm, leading the Staatsoper to relaunch it this season for a second run.
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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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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.
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