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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Stephanie Houtzeel

Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

By , 17 January 2019
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Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Berlin

Periwigs and a plane tree: Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 17 February 2018
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Jaap van Zweden conducts Götterdämmerung © Ramond Ho
Hong Kong

Jaap van Zweden blazes trail for the Hong Kong Philharmonic with Götterdämmerung

By , 21 January 2018
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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
***11
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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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Armide © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Cross-dressing abounds: Gluck's Armide at Wiener Staatsoper

By , 19 October 2016
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Stephanie Houtzeel, Christiane Kohl and Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Norns) © Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Twilight zone: Bayreuth's Ring ends with a stirring Götterdämmerung

By , 31 July 2016
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Heidi Melton (Sieglinde) and Christopher Ventris (Siegmund) © Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Magic fire: a blazing account of Die Walküre at Bayreuth

By , 27 July 2016
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Iain Paterson (Wotan) © Jörg Schulze
Bayreuth

Rheingold refuelled: Frank Castorf’s Ring returns to Bayreuth

By , 26 July 2016
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Anja Harteros (The Marschallin) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Viennese tradition: Anja Harteros stars in Otto Schenk’s production of Der Rosenkavalier

By , 11 December 2015
***11
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Vienna

Nina Stemme’s glorious immolation crowns a stunning Vienna Götterdämmerung

By , 08 June 2014
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Vienna

The airport as limbo: Schubert’s Lazarus and more at Theater an der Wien

By , 13 December 2013
***11
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Salzburg

Salzburg Festival: Falstaff sent to Casa Verdi by Damiano Michieletto

By , 31 July 2013
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Adrianne Pieczonka (Feldmarschallin) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Retro-Repertoire: Der 1000. Rosenkavalier an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 21 March 2019
***11
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Fiona Jopson (Dritte Norn), Monika Bohinec (Erste Norn) und Ulrike Helzel (Zweite Norn) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Axel Kober bringt sein Wiener Ring-Debüt zu einem fulminanten Ende

By , 20 January 2019
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Stephanie Houtzeel, Benjamin Bernheim (Tamino), Bongiwe Nakani, Fiona Jopson © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Die Zauberflöte an der Wiener Staatsoper: Klamauk und höhere Weihen für einen Großen

By , 18 December 2018
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Herwig Pecoraro (Mime) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Glänzende Festspiele im Repertoire: Das Rheingold an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 04 April 2018
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Rusalka) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Schnee und Schrecken: Rusalkas Albtraumwelt in der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 25 October 2017
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Armide © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Minimalistisch-lustlos: Glucks Armide an der Staatsoper

By , 16 October 2016
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Angela Denoke (Königin der Erdgeister) © Herwig Prammer | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

Erdgeister und menschliche Abgründe: Hans Heiling im Theater an der Wien

By , 13 September 2015
***11
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Theater im Theater © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Neue Musik zum Saisonausklang: Die Premiere von Thomas Adès The Tempest an der Staatsoper Wien

By , 14 June 2015
***11
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Graz

Händels Xerxes als barocke Muppet-Show in der Oper Graz

By , 29 November 2014
****1
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