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Klingenberg am MainWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Philip Tillotson; Unknown

MunichResidenz Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven
Munich Residenz Solisten

HalfingLiving the Legacy

Beethoven, Stravinsky, Bernstein, Ward
MIAGI (Music is a great investment) Youth Orchestra; Duncan Ward

MunichMünchner Streichquartett & Jörg Widmann

Münchner Streichquartett & Jörg Widmann
Haydn, Weber, Schubert
Münchner Streichquartett; Jörg Widmann

MunichDie Walküre

Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre
Kirill Petrenko; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; Jonas Kaufmann; Ain Anger
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Jürgen Flimm bowed out of his role as Intendant of the Berlin State Opera with the German premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo.
***11
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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