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Giulia Tonelli (Juliet) and Alexander Jones (Romeo) © Carlos Quezada
Zürich

“For never was a story of more woe…”: brilliant revival of Spuck's Romeo and Juliet in Zurich

By , 01 June 2019
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Yusuf Eyvasov (Don Alvaro) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

La forza dei Cristofori: Loy and Maltman raise hell at Covent Garden

By , 17 April 2019
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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anna Netrebko (Leonora) © ROH | Bill Cooper
London

Outrageous fortune: stellar opening night for La forza del destino at Covent Garden

By , 21 March 2019
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Paris

The sacrifice of Bérénice: a long break-up at the Opéra Garnier in Paris

By , 29 September 2018
***11
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Tuomas Pursio (Scarpia) and Aušrinė Stundytė (Tosca) © Heikki Tuuli
Helsinki

An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

By , 21 September 2018
****1
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Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Berlin

A dream staging: Claus Guth's Frau ohne Schatten arrives at the Staatsoper unter den Linden

By , 16 September 2018
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Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Jansons and the Vienna Phil trump Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

By , 10 August 2018
***11
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Stefan Vinke (Parsifal) and Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Danielle Liniger
Zürich

Enlightenment through compassion: Claus Guth's stellar Parsifal in Zurich

By , 25 February 2018
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Tristan und Isolde © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio Torino
Turin

Patience is a virtue in the Teatro Regio's marvellous Tristan und Isolde

By , 14 October 2017
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Kurt Streit (Lucio Silla) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

Opera seria goes wild: Lucio Silla at the Teatro Real

By , 16 September 2017
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Eva-Maria Westbroek (Leonora) James Creswell (Il marchese di Calatrava) and the DNO Chorus © Monika Rittershaus
Amsterdam

Solid La forza del destino opens Dutch National Opera season

By , 09 September 2017
***11
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Anna Netrebko (Aida) © Salzburger Festspiele | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg

Netrebko triumphs as musical performances transcend Salzburg Festival staging of Aida

By , 09 August 2017
****1
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Richard Croft (Tito) and Anna Stéphany (Sesto) © Monika Rittershaus
Glyndebourne

One for sorrow: Claus Guth directs a taut, dark Clemenza di Tito at Glyndebourne

By , 26 July 2017
***11
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Sarah Grether (Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Empress) © Hans Jörg Michel
Berlin

Fractures made whole: Claus Guth's shattering Frau ohne Schatten at the Berlin Staatsoper

By , 09 April 2017
****1
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Gaëlle Arquez (Mélisande) and Björn Bürger (Pelléas) © Barbara Aumüller
Frankfurt am Main

Perfect Pelléas: Debussy's opera seduces in Frankfurt

By , 01 April 2017
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Francesco Meli, Georg Zeppenfeld, Veronica Simeoni, Giulia Tonelli and William Moore © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

Shaking fists at the fates: Christian Spuck's Messa da Requiem in Zurich

By , 03 December 2016
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Adrian Sâmpetrean (Leporello) and Christopher Maltman (Don Giovanni) © Marco Borggreve
Amsterdam

Total theatre: Don Giovanni at Dutch National Opera

By , 07 May 2016
****1
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Tars Venderbeek (Paris) and Katja Wünsche (Juliet) © Gregory Batardon
Zürich

The pulp of great fiction: Christian Spuck’s Romeo and Juliet in Zurich

By , 16 April 2016
****1
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Zürich

I Capuleti e I Montecchi: the reinvention of a tragic tale

By , 21 June 2015
***11
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Zürich

Ambiguity with a capital “A”: Julietta on a rotating stage in Zurich

By , 17 February 2015
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Zürich

All about that soprano: Stemme’s Isolde in Zurich one for the ages

By , 25 January 2015
****1
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Berlin

In Berlin Claus Guth's Screw turns differently

By , 15 November 2014
****1
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Milan

A chic Così fan tutte at La Scala

By , 19 June 2014
***11
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Vienna

Ulisse returns to the Theater an der Wien

By , 15 September 2012
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Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) und Anja Harteros (Desdemona) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Häusliche Gewalt vor schöner Klangkulisse: Otello an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

By , 12 July 2019
****1
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Christophe Dumaux (Orlando) und Florian Boesch (Zoroastro) © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Berauschend berauscht: Händels Orlando am Theater an der Wien

By , 16 April 2019
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Anja Harteros (Desdemona), Gerald Finley (Jago) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Ganz in Grau: Verdis Otello als schlichtes Psychodrama an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

By , 28 November 2018
***11
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Beekman (High Priest), Semenzato, Staples (Jonathan), Chenez (Witch of Endor), Prohaska, Boesch © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

Saul am Theater an der Wien: Händel, Guth, alles gut

By , 16 February 2018
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Nadine Sierra (Gilda) © Charles Duprat | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Rigoletto à l'Opéra Bastille: une fulgurante et lumineuse malédiction

By , 27 May 2017
****1
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Escena de Rodelinda © Monika Rittershaus
Madrid

Rodelinda o el Barroco que enamora

By , 26 March 2017
****1
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Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Paris

À l’Opéra Bastille, un Lohengrin sous le cygne de la résurrection

By , 18 January 2017
****1
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Gilda (Olga Peretyatko) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra de Paris
Paris

Rigoletto à l’Opéra Bastille : la benedizione !

By , 14 April 2016
****1
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Escena de Parsifal en el Teatro Real © Javier del Real
Madrid

Parsifal en el Teatro Real: cuando se ausenta el espíritu.

By , 06 April 2016
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Il tabarro: Vincent Wolfsteiner (Luigi) und Elza van den Heever (Giorgetta) © Barbara Aumüller | Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurt am Main

Claus Guths Frankfurter Trittico geht der Psychologie tief auf den Grund

By , 13 March 2016
****1
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Valer Sabadus (Nerone) und Alex Penda (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

L’incoronazione di Poppea im Theater an der Wien: Sinn und Sinnlichkeit, Wahn- und Frohsinn

By , 14 October 2015
*****
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