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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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Carlo Vistoli (Orfeo) and Mariangela Sicilia (Euridice) © Fabrizio Sansoni
Rome

A minimalist reading of Orfeo ed Euridice in Rome

By , 15 March 2019
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Ailyn Pérez (Alice) and Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City

A Falstaff to relish at the Met

By , 27 February 2019
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Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Philadelphia

Robert Carsen's 28-year-old Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

By , 08 February 2019
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Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

By , 19 January 2019
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Cecilia Bartoli (Semele) © Suzanne Schwiertz (2006/7)
Zürich

Endless pleasure: Zurich revives Robert Carsen’s classic Semele

By , 06 January 2019
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Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

Mom’s a hooker, Santa’s the witch: Hansel and Gretel reloaded in Zurich

By , 18 November 2018
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Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele_ © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Devil takes all in The Met's Mefistofele

By , 12 November 2018
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Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

By , 06 October 2018
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Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Toronto

Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

By , 30 September 2018
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Edinburgh

Baroque meets jukebox musical in a wryly topical Beggar’s Opera at EIF

By , 16 August 2018
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Falstaff) and Rupert © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Sir John in Love: the fat knight returns to Covent Garden

By , 10 July 2018
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Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
London

Hot ice and strange snow: an unseasonal return for Carsen’s bed-hopping Dream

By , 01 March 2018
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Florian Boesch (Wozzeck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Vienna

Robert Carsen serves up a flawless Wozzeck for new Theater an der Wien staging

By , 17 October 2017
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Thomas Hampson (Don Giovanni) and Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Don Giovanni as “unlimited myth” at La Scala

By , 14 May 2017
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Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A Rosenkavalier for the radio at The Met

By , 17 April 2017
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Mariusz Kwiecień (Onegin) and Ana María Martínez (Tatyana) © Todd Rosenberg
Chicago

Minimalist Onegin on the Lyric Opera stage

By , 26 February 2017
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Andrea Danková (Káťa Kabanová) © Ramella & Giannese | Teatro Regio di Torino
Turin

Robert Carsen's ravishing staging of Káťa Kabanová arrives in Turin

By , 15 February 2017
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Matthew Rose (Baron Ochs) and Renée Fleming (The Marschallin) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Stop all the clocks: Renée Fleming's valedictory Marschallin at the Royal Opera

By , 17 December 2016
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Anna Netrebko (Manon) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Geronte de Ravoir runs the show in Vienna's Manon Lescaut

By , 20 June 2016
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Barbara Haveman (Minnie) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

A busted straight: La Scala's La fanciulla del West

By , 03 May 2016
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© Annemie Augustijns
Antwerp

Understated elegance: Robert Carsen's sublime La bohème in Antwerp

By , 27 December 2015
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Sally Matthews (Blanche de la Force) © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Robert Carsen’s shattering Dialogues des carmélites returns to Amsterdam for a last time

By , 07 November 2015
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Eva-Maria Westbroek © Hans van den Bogaard
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera toasts its 50th birthday

By , 06 November 2015
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Katie van Kooten (Tatyana) © Lynn Lane
Houston

Houston Grand Opera's Eugene Onegin stars an unlikely hero

By , 30 October 2015
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Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Mistress Quickly) and Nicola Alaimo (Falstaff) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Daniele Gatti and Robert Carsen tout a blithely-polished Falstaff

By , 14 October 2015
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Catherine Ashmore | ROH
London

A second helping for Carsen’s delicious Falstaff at the Royal Opera

By , 06 July 2015
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Sandrine Piau (Tytania) with the Trinity Boys Choir © Patrick Berger
Aix-en-Provence

Robert Carsen's legendary production returns to its birthplace with a Dream cast

By , 04 July 2015
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Milan

CO₂ at La Scala: a challenging truth by Giorgio Battistelli

By , 22 May 2015
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Venice

Carsen's La traviata rises again at La Fenice

By , 29 November 2014
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Glyndebourne

Rinaldo at Glyndebourne: If only all history lessons were this much fun!

By , 09 August 2014
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Amsterdam

Food, Glorious Food: Falstaff at the Holland Festival is a Feast for the Eyes and Ears

By , 10 June 2014
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London

Minimalist intensity: Robert Carsen's Dialogues des Carmélites at Covent Garden

By , 29 May 2014
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Brussels

Off with the motley: Rigoletto at La Monnaie

By , 20 May 2014
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Vienna

Rameau meets Lagerfeld at Vanity Fair: Robert Carsen’s Theater an der Wien Platée:

By , 19 February 2014
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New York City

Antlers and antics: Robert Carsen's Falstaff at the Met

By , 06 December 2013
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San Francisco

Strongly cast Mefistofele opens San Francisco Opera's season

By , 11 September 2013
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Toronto

The stark glory of Robert Carsen's Dialogues des Carmélites with Canadian Opera Company

By , 08 May 2013
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London

Robert Carsen's new Falstaff at Covent Garden

By , 19 May 2012
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Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne's Rinaldo on Tour

By , 22 October 2011
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Glyndebourne

Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

By , 02 July 2011
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Vienna

The Theater an der Wien’s subtle Dialogues des Carmélites

By , 21 April 2011
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La Flûte enchantée à l'Opéra Bastille, dans la mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Svetlana Loboff / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Eyes Wide Shut à Bastille : le retour de La Flûte enchantée

By , 27 April 2019
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Madrid

Idomeneo, por Bolton y Carsen: humano, demasiado humano

By , 21 February 2019
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Camilla Nylund (Rusalka) © Guergana Damianova / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Rusalka à l’Opéra de Paris : le miroir du rêve selon Carsen

By , 29 January 2019
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The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
Geneva

Gueux d’hier et gueux d’aujourd’hui : The Beggar's Opera à Genève

By , 04 October 2018
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Philippe Jaroussky (Orfeo), Patricia Petibon (Eurydice) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Robert Carsen au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées: voir Orfeo et mourir

By , 22 May 2018
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© Patrick Burger
Paris

The Beggar's Opera : une production jubilatoire au Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord

By , 25 April 2018
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© Emilie Brouchon | Opéra de Paris
Paris

Die Zauberflöte de Carsen : un onirisme noir servi par une distribution lumineuse

By , 23 January 2017
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Les Contes d’Hoffmann © Julien Benhamou / ONP
Paris

Immarcescibles Contes du magicien Carsen

By , 03 November 2016
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