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Nikolai Schukoff (Martin von Diercksen) and Maria Bengtsson (Oceane) © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

A free spirit: Glanert's Oceane premieres in Berlin

By , 28 April 2019
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Mick Morris Mehnert and David Butt Philip (Der Zwerg) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Zemlinsky takes centre stage in Deutsche Oper’s Der Zwerg

By , 24 March 2019
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Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver
Chicago

Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

By , 14 February 2019
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Zürich

The body as a baton: Donald Runnicles conducts a stellar programme in Zurich

By , 21 November 2018
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Elena Zhidkova (Marie) and Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

By , 05 October 2018
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Tristan und Isolde © Bettina Stöß (2014)
Berlin

Musical riches at Deutsche Oper's Tristan und Isolde

By , 23 September 2018
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Donald Runnicles conducting the World Orchestra for Peace © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 9: A lively Beethoven 9 from Runnicles and the World Orchestra for Peace

By , 21 July 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried), Stacey Tappan, Renée Tatum and Lauren McNeese (Rhinemaidens) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

The San Francisco Ring: Episode IV – A New Hope

By , 24 June 2018
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Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A gritty Siegfried continues the San Francisco Opera Ring

By , 22 June 2018
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Iréne Theorin (Brünnhilde) and her Valkyrie sisters © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Valkyries parachute into San Francisco

By , 20 June 2018
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Falk Struckmann (Alberich) and Greer Grimsley (Wotan) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A strong start for San Francisco Opera's Ring

By , 19 June 2018
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Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Berlin

Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

By , 18 May 2018
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Philadelphia

German fairy-tales and knights: Runnicles conducts Humperdinck and Wagner

By , 30 November 2017
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Berlin

Into the light: the Deutsche Oper Berlin presents a winning Mahler Two

By , 23 October 2017
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Rachel Harnisch, Annika Schlicht and Thomas Blondelle © Bernd Uhlig
Berlin

Death lurks: Aribert Reimann's L'Invisible at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 08 October 2017
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Donald Runnicles © Florence Mccall
Atlanta

Runnicles and Smith master an all-French program in Atlanta

By , 25 May 2017
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Samuel Youn (The Dutchman) © Thomas Jauk
Berlin

Full immersion: Spuck's gloomy Dutchman drops anchor at Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 07 May 2017
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) and Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde) © Bettina Stöß
Berlin

End of the tunnel: final outing for Götz Friedrich's Ring at Deutsche Oper

By , 09 April 2017
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Paul Nilon (Aschenbach) and Rauand Taleb (Tadzio) © Marcus Lieberenz
Berlin

Elegiac decline of a poet: Graham Vick's new Death in Venice at Deutsche Oper

By , 19 March 2017
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Michelle DeYoung © Kristin Hoebermann
Cleveland

A sensuously paced Das Lied von der Erde from Runnicles and the Cleveland Orchestra

By , 09 February 2017
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Kirill Gerstein © Marco Borggreve
Atlanta

Runnicles and Gerstein deliver searing Tchaikovsky in Atlanta

By , 12 January 2017
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Donald Runnicles © Florence McCall
Washington

The other Donald in DC: Runnicles explores French repertoire

By , 10 November 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Glasgow

Bittersweet Mahler 4 from Donald Runnicles and the BBCSSO

By , 03 November 2016
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Berlin

Parsifal travels time and space at Deutsche Oper

By , 16 October 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Berlin

Putting the Deutsche Oper Orchestra in the symphonic spotlight

By , 30 September 2016
***11
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Anja Harteros and the Orchestra of Deutsche Oper Berlin © Bettina Stoess
Berlin

Harteros triumphs as Sieglinde in Berlin

By , 07 September 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Edinburgh

Runnicles bids farewell to BBCSSO with a colossal Gurrelieder at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 28 August 2016
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Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Deutsche Oper © Thomas Aurin
Berlin

A wretched road trip: Rodrigo Garcia's The Abduction from the Seraglio at Deutsche Oper

By , 17 June 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Glasgow

Golden Brahms, glorious Mahler: Runnicles leaves BBCSSO

By , 19 May 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
Chicago

Behind the enigma: Donald Runnicles explores Elgar in Chicago

By , 05 May 2016
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Berlin

Elektra: A family feud extraordinaire at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 03 April 2016
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Berlin

Birthday celebrations in Berlin for Aribert Reimann

By , 22 March 2016
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Donald Runnicles © Florence McCall
Atlanta

Runnicles conducts a tightly controlled Missa solemnis in Atlanta

By , 21 January 2016
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Olga Peretyatko © Uwe Arens | Sony Classical
Washington

Olga Peretyatko and Donald Runnicles make Washington debuts

By , 01 October 2015
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Donald Runnicles © Simon Pauly
London

Prom 24: MacMillan's birthday gift for Runnicles shines next to fitful Mahler

By , 03 August 2015
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Donald Runnicles © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 23: Drama, death and judgement in Verdi's Requiem

By , 02 August 2015
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The Trojan Horse © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

A staggering behemoth: McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

By , 12 June 2015
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Berlin

Donald Runnicles' Lohengrin transcends the lack of a swan

By , 25 April 2015
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Berlin

Footloose and fancy-free: Roméo et Juliette at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 18 April 2015
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Berlin

A timeless Bohème at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 20 March 2015
***11
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Berlin

Youthful Berlin audience relishes Humperdinck's fairy tale opera

By , 16 December 2014
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Berlin

Elīna Garanča stars in a funny and touching Rosenkavalier at the Deutsche Oper

By , 14 December 2014
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London

A Sensational Salome from Nina Stemme

By , 30 August 2014
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London

Mahler's Ninth eventually triumphs: Donald Runnicles at the Proms

By , 04 August 2014
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London

Prom 23: Runnicles' mixed programme of McLeod, Beethoven and Mozart doesn't quite add up

By , 03 August 2014
***11
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Berlin

A strong and emotional Werther from the Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 16 June 2014
***11
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Berlin

All at sea in Berlin: Billy Budd at the Deutsche Oper

By , 22 May 2014
***11
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