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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Germany

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HannoverRachel Cheung - Nachwuchspianistin

© Jeremy Enlow
Franck, Chopin, Schubert
Rachel Cheung, Piano

BerlinMitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker

Wolf, Berg, Schubert
Mitglieder der Wiener Philharmoniker; Denis Kozhukhin

HannoverWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Mark Rohde; Matthias Davids; Staatsoper Hannover; Stella Motina; Michael Pflumm; Maaike Schuurmans; Taddeo Pellegrini

MunichTurandot

Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Pinchas Steinberg; Carlus Padrissa; Bavarian State Opera; Roland Olbeter; Chu Uroz; Anna Pirozzi; Fabio Sartori

LeipzigOn the Town

Bernstein: On the Town
Stefan Klingele; Oper Leipzig; Unknown
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Deutsche Oper revives Stölzl's Rienzi staging

Torsten Kerl (Rienzi) © Bettina Stöß
Staging the story of the Italian political figure Rienzi as that of a dictator in 20th-century Germany was an inspired idea. This revival was a rare occasion to experience Wagner's early opera. 
***11
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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Champagne without the fizz: Tcherniakov's Betrothal in a Monastery

Lauri Vasar, Goran Jurić, Violeta Urmana, Aida Garifullina (Luisa) und Bogdan Volkov © Ruth and Martin Walz
The Russian director's role play production of Prokofiev's comedy falls flat at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Fire and fizz at the Elbphilharmonie

Jonathan Bloxham © Kaupo Kikkas
Jump-in concerts can occasionally advance career prospects. Jonathan Bloxham with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen demonstrated the lightness of Mendelssohn in C minor but seriously underplayed the darkness of Schubert in B minor.
***11
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