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Dame Mitsuko Uchida © Decca | Justin Pumfrey
Vienna

Sublimely intimate Schubert from Mitsuko Uchida at the Musikverein

By , 23 November 2018
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Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Vienna

Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

By , 16 October 2018
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Les Troyens © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
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The Staatsoper shows greatness: Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens conquer Vienna

By , 14 October 2018
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Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction: Alcina at Theater an der Wien

By , 17 September 2018
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Elīna Garanča © Karina Schwarz | DG
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Vocal wonder: Elīna Garanča's Mahler with the Vienna Philharmonic

By , 16 June 2018
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Die Musik by Gustav Klimt © Wikicommons
Vienna

Up close and personal at the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna

By , 08 June 2018
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Diana Damrau © Rebecca Fay | Erato
Vienna

Diana Damrau and Nicolas Testé: a variable evening of Verdi in Vienna

By , 04 June 2018
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Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna

Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

By , 20 May 2018
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Igor Levit © Gregor Hohenberg
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From Beethoven to Shostakovich: Honeck, Levit and the Symphoniker at the Musikverein

By , 16 May 2018
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: a tepid Samson et Dalila in Vienna

By , 12 May 2018
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Jakub Hrůša © Pavel Hejnz
Vienna

Artistic prowess from Hrůša, Andsnes and the Vienna Symphony at the Musikverein

By , 21 March 2018
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Daniil Trifonov © Dario Acosta | Deutsche Grammophon
Vienna

A race through to the death: Goerne and Trifonov at the Konzerthaus

By , 16 February 2018
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Teodor Currentzis © Anton Zavyalov
Vienna

Clarity, vision and precision: Teodor Currentzis and Philharmonia Zürich at the Konzerthaus

By , 26 January 2018
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Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Bringing a picnic to the poltergeist: Don Giovanni in Vienna

By , 14 January 2018
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Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

By , 17 December 2017
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Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Putting frippery before Freud: Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 14 December 2017
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Marcel Beekman (Mime) and Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Constantin Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried is far from idyllic at the Theater an der Wien

By , 09 December 2017
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Barbara Hannigan © Elmer de Haas
Vienna

Portraits of the Female: Barbara Hannigan at the Konzerthaus

By , 07 December 2017
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Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Willy Decker's stylish production enhances vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

By , 06 December 2017
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Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

By , 05 December 2017
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Regine Hangler (Daphne) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

By , 04 December 2017
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Semyon Bychkov © Musacchio Ianniello
Vienna

Golden Strauss echoes around the Musikverein as Bychkov scales the Alpine Symphony

By , 12 November 2017
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Jan Lisiecki, Sebastian Weigle and the Wiener Symphoniker © Kerstin Glasow | Wiener Konzerthaus
Vienna

The combination of Mozart and Rott makes for a memorable concert in Vienna

By , 10 November 2017
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René Jacobs © Molina Visuals
Vienna

Leonore 1805 a boon for Beethoven buffs in Vienna

By , 24 October 2017
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Emőke Baráth © Zsofi Raffay
Vienna

Giulio Cesare in concert: Lawrence Zazzo and Emőke Baráth came, saw and conquered Vienna

By , 18 October 2017
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Florian Boesch (Wozzeck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Robert Carsen serves up a flawless Wozzeck for new Theater an der Wien staging

By , 17 October 2017
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Boaz Daniel (Francesco) and Sofia Soloviy (Amalia) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Vienna

Verdi’s family drama: Die Räuber at the Volksoper

By , 14 October 2017
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Misha Didyk © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

A chilling merry-go-round: Prokofiev’s The Gambler at Vienna State Opera

By , 04 October 2017
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Ann Hallenberg © Örjan Jakobsson
Vienna

A stellar cast for a Handelian rarity: Ottone at the Theater an der Wien

By , 24 September 2017
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Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herod) and Gun-Brit Barkmin (Salome) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Salome in Vienna is big on decibels, but short on detail

By , 21 September 2017
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Stefan Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried in Vienna

By , 28 May 2017
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Jongmin Park (Hunding) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pohn
Vienna

Peter Schneider takes the Valkyries on a wild ride in Vienna

By , 21 May 2017
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Maxim Vengerov © B Ealovega
Vienna

Toronto Symphony a Season Highlight at the Konzerthaus Wien

By , 16 May 2017
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Norbert Ernst (Loge), Egils Silins (Wotan) and Markus Eiche (Donner) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Indulgence and corruption: Bechtolf's Ring returns to the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 30 April 2017
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Teodor Currentzis © Anton Zavyalov
Vienna

Atmospheric Lenten concert by Currentzis at the Wiener Konzerthaus

By , 08 April 2017
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Monica Bohinec (Gora) and Claudia Barainsky (Medea) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The wrath of a woman scorned: Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 07 April 2017
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Ars Antiqua Austria © AAA
Vienna

Hidden gems: Ars Antiqua Austria introduces Carlo Ambrogio Lonati

By , 12 March 2017
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Petra Lang (Isolde) and Stephen Gould (Tristan) © Wiener Staatsoper | Ashley Taylor
Vienna

Nuanced revival of McVicar's Tristan und Isolde at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 12 March 2017
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Matteo Loi (Toante) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

Slaughter on Tauris: Handel's Oreste at the Kammeroper

By , 06 March 2017
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Roberto Alagna (Manrico) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Alagna, Netrebko and Tézier triumphant in Vienna's new Trovatore

By , 05 February 2017
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Boris Eder (Alexander), Robert Meyer (Metternich, seated) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Vienna

The Congress dances in Vienna

By , 04 February 2017
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Anna Prohaska © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

All the world’s a stage in Mariame Clément's take on The Fairy Queen in Vienna

By , 21 January 2017
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Adrian Eröd (Frank) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The Dead City lacks excitement in Vienna

By , 15 January 2017
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Matteo Loi (Kaiser Overall) © Herwig Prammer
Vienna

A visually strong Der Kaiser von Atlantis at the Kammeroper

By , 11 January 2017
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Theresa Krügl (Cinderella) and Alma Deutscher © Rolf Bock
Vienna

Alma Deutscher's Cinderella reaches the stage in Vienna

By , 04 January 2017
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Philippe Jordan © JF Leclercq
Vienna

A Tchaikovsky-filled Weihnachtskonzert in Vienna

By , 20 December 2016
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

McVicar’s Falstaff a timely success at the Haus am Ring

By , 09 December 2016
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Stéphane Denève © Uwe Ditz
Vienna

The Russian–French Connection in the Musikverein

By , 03 December 2016
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Günter Haumer (Count Almaviva), David Steffens (Figaro) and Melba Ramos (Countess Almaviva) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Vienna

An uncluttered Figaro at the Volksoper

By , 12 November 2016
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Myrtò Papatanasiu (Alcina) and Rachel Frenkel (Ruggiero) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Baroque sorcery: Handel's Alcina returns to the Staatsoper

By , 20 October 2016
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