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MunichLe nozze di Figaro

Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Ivor Bolton; Christof Loy; Bavarian State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Klaus Bruns; Ludovic Tézier; Federica Lombardi

HerfordKammerkonzert 1

Jaëll
Cora Irsen, Piano

BerlinMenahem Pressler

Mozart, Schumann, Debussy, Chopin
Menahem Pressler, Piano

BambergSeason Opening

Dvořák, Martinů, Brahms
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša; Frank Peter Zimmermann

BochumSheriff, Bernstein

Sheriff, Bernstein, Ives, Copland
Bochumer Symphoniker; Steven Sloane; Orli Shaham
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Stockhausen marathon at the Musikfest Berlin

Diego Vásquez and Winnie Huang dance Inori © Adam Janisch
Over 10 years after his death, Karlheinz Stockhausen still occupies a complex and difficult place in the canon of contemporary composers. This year's Musikfest Berlin featured a Stockhausen focus, of which the "creation ceremony" Inori was the climax.
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
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A celebratory platter of Polish music in the Elbphilharmonie

Alexander Liebreich © Bartek Barczyk
The Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Liebreich and soloist Szymon Nehring serve up works by four Polish composers in celebration of the centenary of Poland regaining its national independence.
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
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Berlin: Beyond contemporary Ballet

Staatsballett Berlin in Celis' Your Passion is Pure Joy © Jubal Battisti
To reassure the sceptics, the break from tradition of Stijn Celis’ Your Passion is Pure Joy to Me, and Sharon Eyal’s and Gai Behar’s Half Life made for a great start to the Staatsballett Berlin’s new season.
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