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Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Dresden

Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

By , 29 June 2019
****1
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Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg (2008)
Hamburg

Thrills, chills and an immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles in Hamburg

By , 30 May 2019
*****
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Daniel Kirch (Tannhäuser) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Venus) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Glorious ensembles in Dutch National Opera’s new Tannhäuser

By , 06 April 2019
***11
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Corinne Winters (Rachel) and Ray Cornelius Smith (Éléazar) © Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Antwerp

Mob mentality: a powerful La Juive at Opera Vlaanderen

By , 10 March 2019
****1
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Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

By , 28 December 2018
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Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Frankfurt am Main

Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

By , 24 January 2018
****1
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Sebastian Kohlhepp (Jason) and Cornelia Ptassek (Medea) © Thomas Aurin
Stuttgart

In Konwitschny's modern Medea, monsters are made by men

By , 27 December 2017
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La bohème © Bernd Uhlig
Hamburg

Guy Joosten’s La bohème a feast for voyeurs in Hamburg

By , 19 December 2017
***11
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Corinne Winters (Violetta) and Joshua Dennis (Alfredo) © Philip Newton
Seattle

Two Violettas in 24 hours: Seattle Opera fields double-casts in Konwitschny's Traviata

By , 14 January 2017
****1
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Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Zürich revives Loy's magnificently entertaining Alcina

By , 02 January 2017
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Bo Skovhus (Claudius) and Andrè Schuen (Hamlet) © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

“Es gibt keinen Ausweg”: a dark, clever Hamlet at Theater an der Wien

By , 18 September 2016
****1
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Dimitry Ivashchenko (Ivan Khovansky) © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Loy's minimalist staging clarifies Khovanshchina in Amsterdam

By , 27 February 2016
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Gieorgij Puchalski (John) and Agneta Eichenholz (Ellen) © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Forceful Peter Grimes a must-see at Theater an der Wien

By , 14 December 2015
****1
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Salzburg

Rihm's Conquest of Mexico: glorious philosophy in music at the Salzburg Festival

By , 26 July 2015
*****
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Munich

Tristan und Isolde in Munich: surprising and triumphant

By , 08 July 2015
****1
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Berlin

Glitter and be gay: Rolando Villazón's directorial debut in Puccini's La rondine at the Deutsche Oper

By , 08 March 2015
***11
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London

La traviata: Lightning fails to strike twice in ENO revival of Konwitschny’s production

By , 09 February 2015
***11
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London

Stemme and Gould light up Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera

By , 05 December 2014
*****
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Berlin

Verdi's Falstaff given a playful make-over at the Deutsche Oper

By , 29 November 2014
***11
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Berlin

A wild night with Falstaff at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

By , 17 November 2013
***11
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Vienna

These are not your father's Huns: Konwitschny's bold new Attila at Theater an der Wien

By , 10 July 2013
****1
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Paris

Rustic chivalry and clowns in Paris: Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci

By , 06 May 2012
****1
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Vienna

Lera Auerbach's Gogol: a world premiere at the Theater an der Wien

By , 15 November 2011
****1
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Król Roger © Monika Rittershaus
Frankfurt am Main

Ein König in der Glaubenskrise: Król Roger an der Oper Frankfurt

By , 15 June 2019
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Manon Lescaut (2012) © Monika Rittershaus
Hamburg

Blutleerer Liebes-Albtraum: Manon Lescaut an der Staatsoper Hamburg

By , 21 March 2019
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Brenda Rae (Elvira) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Ein Requiem für Bellini: I puritani an der Oper Frankfurt

By , 02 December 2018
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Chor, Hrachuhi Bassénz (Violetta) © Ludwig Olah
Nuremberg

Die Schleier von der Seele ziehen: Peter Konwitschnys konzentrierte Deutung der Traviata

By , 15 April 2018
***11
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Philippe Jaroussky (Ruggiero) & Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Une Alcina triomphante au TCE, oscillant entre mélancolie et tourments

By , 14 March 2018
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Christian Gerhaher (Graf Almaviva), Olga Kulchznska (Susanna) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Mozart im Wunderland: Le nozze di Figaro an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

By , 31 October 2017
***11
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Cecilia Bartoli (Ariodante) und Ensemble © Salzburger Festspiele | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Conchita Bartoli Wurst? Wohl kaum!: Fantastische Ariodante-Premiere bei den Salzburger Pfingstfestspielen

By , 02 June 2017
*****
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Mickael Spadaccini (Ruggero) und Sophia Brommer (Magda) © Werner Kmetitsch | Oper Graz
Graz

La rondine: Puccinis seltenes Vogerl auf Premierenflug in Graz

By , 12 January 2017
***11
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Roberto Frontali (Macbeth) und Adina Aaron (Lady Macbeth) © Herwig Prammer | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

Macbeth im Theater an der Wien: Verirrt im Garten der Lüste

By , 15 November 2016
***11
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Michael McCown (Johnny Inkslinger) und Elizabeth Sutphen (Tiny) © Barbara Aumüller | Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main

Herrliche Amerika-Satire: Brittens Paul Bunyan in Frankfurt

By , 09 October 2016
****1
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Anna Princeva (Violetta) und Pavel Petrov (Alfredo) © Werner Kmetitsch | Oper Graz
Graz

Oh, qual pallor! Blutleere Traviata-Wiederaufnahme an der Oper Graz

By , 29 September 2016
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Catherine Naglestad (Senta), Woonyuk Kim (Erik) & Chor © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

Zwischen den Zeiten: Konwitschnys Fliegender Holländer bei den Opernfestspielen

By , 19 July 2016
****1
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Astrid Kessler (Rachel) und Zurab Zurabishvili (Éléazar) © Hans Jörg Michel | Nationaltheater Mannheim
Mannheim

Befremdliche Komik: Halévys La Juive am Nationaltheater Mannheim

By , 10 January 2016
***11
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Las bodas de Fígaro en la Ópera de Oviedo © Ópera de Oviedo
Oviedo

Perspectivas audaces: Las bodas de Fígaro en Oviedo

By , 21 November 2015
****1
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Bratislava

È una notte di luna: La bohème voller Poesie in Bratislava

By , 25 June 2015
***11
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