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John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

By , 23 September 2018
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Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 19 July 2018
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Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare at Komische Oper

By , 12 July 2018
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Günter Papendell (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Kosky's Nose comes home to Komische Oper

By , 16 June 2018
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Nicole Chevalier (Semele), Katarina Bradić (Ino) and Ezgi Kutlu (Juno) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

Thunder and lightning put an end to love in Komische Oper’s Semele

By , 12 May 2018
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Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de (2016)
Berlin

A study in contrasts: Barrie Kosky's compelling Onegin returns to the Komische Oper

By , 29 March 2018
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Martin Winkler (Kovalyov) © Prudence Upton
Sydney

What’s up (with) Kosky’s Nose?

By , 21 February 2018
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Jacquelyn Stucker (Frasquita), Anna Goryachova (Carmen) and Aigul Akhmetashina (Mercédès) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Kosky's Carmen fails to light fires at Covent Garden

By , 14 February 2018
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Max Hopp (Tevye) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Tradition proclaimed with an exclamation point: Fiddler on the Roof returns to the Komische Oper

By , 03 December 2017
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Tara Erraught (Carlotta), Brenda Rae (Aminta) and Pavol Breslik (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Die schweigsame Frau: a commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

By , 15 November 2017
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© Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

A dark and brooding Pelléas et Mélisande at the Komische Oper

By , 15 October 2017
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Olga Bezsmertna (Tatyana) and Peter Mattei (Onegin) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

By , 24 September 2017
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Rachel Sterrenberg (Pamina) © Kelly & Massa Photography
Philadelphia

Magicking Flutes – and pink elephants – in the Roaring Twenties in Philadelphia

By , 15 September 2017
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Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser) © Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Musically sublime, packed with ideas: Kosky's Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Bayreuth

By , 31 July 2017
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Thorsten Grümbel (Sarastro) and Johannes Preißinger (Monostatos) © Hans Jörg Michel
Düsseldorf

Primo il cinema e poi la musica: Die Zauberflöte in Düsseldorf

By , 27 May 2017
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Komische Oper's Die Zauberflöte © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Budapest

Komische Oper's Zauberflöte enchants Budapest

By , 20 April 2017
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Sorochyntsy Fair ensemble © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

The devil made me do it: Sorochyntsi Fair at Komische Oper

By , 02 April 2017
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Christopher Purves (Saul) © Tony Lewis
Adelaide

Glyndebourne's Saul wins over Adelaide

By , 03 March 2017
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Dagmar Manzel (Cleopatra), chorus and dancers © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

A Kosky Berliner Schnauze: Die Perlen der Cleopatra

By , 07 December 2016
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Timothy Richards (Prince), Nadja Mchantaf (Rusalka), Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (Foreign Princess) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fantasy and nightmare: Rusalka at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 21 October 2016
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Martin Winkler (Platon Kuzmich Kovalyov) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Vaudeville. Nasality. Shostakovich. Kosky.

By , 20 October 2016
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Dagmar Manzel and Max Hopp © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Musical froth of the highest order: A Woman Who Knows What She Wants at Komische Oper

By , 10 September 2016
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Kateryna Kasper (Frasquita), Paula Murrihy (Carmen), Elizabeth Reiter (Mercédès) & dancers © Monika Rittershaus | Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main

Irresistible coolness in Barrie Kosky's Carmen

By , 05 June 2016
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Markus Brück (Macbeth) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Ravens of misfortune: Barrie Kosky's innovative Macbeth opens in Zurich

By , 03 April 2016
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Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese
Berlin

A scarlet letter: Barrie Kosky's staging of Eugene Onegin at the Komische Oper Berlin

By , 06 February 2016
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Saul Act I © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Biblical spectacle: an eye-popping, heart-stopping Saul for Glyndebourne’s Tour

By , 27 October 2015
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Uwe Schönbeck (Hoffmann) © Monika Rittershaus
Berlin

A tale of three Hoffmanns: Kosky’s Komische Oper production a triumph

By , 07 October 2015
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Komische Oper's The Magic Flute © Iko Freese, drama-berlin.de 1
Edinburgh

Komische Oper’s Die Zauberflöte enchants at the Edinburgh Festival

By , 27 August 2015
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Benjamin Hulett (High Priest) © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Alchemy from Barrie Kosky in Handel's Saul at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2015
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Robert Hayward (Moses) © Monika Ritterhaus
Berlin

Moses und Aron at the Komische Oper in Berlin commemorates the liberation of Auschwitz

By , 28 April 2015
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Robert Hayward (Bluebeard) © Craig Mathew | LA Opera
Los Angeles

Rare Dido and Bluebeard double bill an odd dichotomy

By , 25 October 2014
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Tara Eraught (Carlotta), Brenda Brae (Aminta) and Daniel Behle (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Silence is silver, singing is golden: Strauss' Silent Woman in Munich

By , 25 September 2014
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Armide  ©  Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Barrie Kosky's visually stunning take on Gluck's Armide at De Nederlandse Opera

By , 10 October 2013
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©  Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Orpheus, again, at Komische Oper Berlin

By , 19 September 2013
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Dominik Köninger (Papageno)  ©  Iko Freese
Berlin

Komische Oper Berlin's Flute is indeed magic

By , 25 May 2013
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Ed Lyon as Mercury  ©  Alastair Muir
London

Barrie Kosky breathes life into Rameau's Castor et Pollux at the ENO

By , 28 October 2011
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© Iko Freese
Paris

À l’Opéra Comique, La Flûte Enchantée fait un carto(o)n

By , 09 November 2017
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Peter Renz (Amor) und Thomas Michael Allen (Arnalta) © Iko Freese / drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Lustmorden im Alten Rom: Die Krönung der Poppea an der Komischen Oper Berlin

By , 29 April 2017
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Die Zauberflöte © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Zum wiederholten Male großes Kino: Barrie Koskys Zauberflöte an der Komischen Oper Berlin

By , 29 October 2016
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La flauta mágica en el Teatro del Liceu © A. Bofill
Barcelona

Lo que bien acaba, bien empieza… La flauta mágica en el Liceu de Barcelona

By , 12 September 2016
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La soprano Sophie Bevan (Pamina) y el barítono Joan Martín-Royo (Papageno) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

La flauta mágica en el Real: el cine como prodigio

By , 19 January 2016
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S. Sozdateleva (Renata), E. Nikitin (Ruprecht), G. Juric (Inquisitor) & K. Conners (Mephistopheles) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

Koskys Feuriger Engel treibt weiblichen Wahn auf die Spitze

By , 29 November 2015
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Erwin Aros (Mercure) © Opéra de Dijon / Gilles Abegg
Dijon

L’Opéra de Dijon met Castor et Pollux en boîte

By , 04 October 2014
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