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Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Munich

Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

By , 30 September 2018
****1
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David Portillo (Pasquale) and Elena Sancho Pereg (Eurilla) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Reality and fantasy in a new production of Orlando Paladino in Munich

By , 25 July 2018
****1
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Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Munich

Kirill Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

By , 14 July 2018
*****
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Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Munich

Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

By , 28 June 2018
****1
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Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

By , 26 May 2018
***11
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Juan Diego Flórez (Edgardo) and Venera Gimadieva (Lucia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Great success for Gimadieva and Flórez in Munich's Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 13 May 2018
****1
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Christiane Karg (Calisto) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Cavalli's La Calisto returns to Munich in Alden’s psychedelic staging

By , 02 April 2018
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Peter Rose and Adrienne Pieczonka © Stefan Cohen
New York City

A Rosenkavalier of masterly élan from Kirill Petrenko and the Bayerische Staatsoper at Carnegie Hall

By , 29 March 2018
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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
***11
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Anja Kampe (Katerina) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Boris) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

By , 05 November 2017
****1
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Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Bavarian State Opera's Hoffmann

By , 30 July 2017
***11
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Anja Harteros (Maddalena di Coigny) and Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Top class voices, powerful drama in Bayerische Staatsoper's Andrea Chénier

By , 28 July 2017
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Hanna Schwarz (Buryjovka) and Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) © Wilfried Hösl (March 2017)
Munich

Stunning revival of Barbara Frey's production of Jenůfa in Munich

By , 14 July 2017
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Catherine Naglestad (Carlotta Nardi), Bavarian State Opera Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Paradise regained: Schreker's Die Gezeichneten returns to Munich after nearly a century

By , 04 July 2017
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Elena Pankratova (Barak the Dyer's Wife) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Fairy Music: Petrenko conducts a revelatory Frau ohne Schatten in Munich

By , 02 July 2017
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Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

A slice of history painted in loving detail: the Bavarian State Opera’s Andrea Chénier

By , 22 March 2017
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Daniela Barcellona (Arsace) and Joyce DiDonato (Semiramide) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

Making Babylon great again: DiDonato shines in musically spectacular Semiramide in Munich

By , 18 February 2017
*****
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Robert Dean Smith (Lohengrin) © Wilfried Hösl (2010)
Munich

Lohengrin and Elsa build a house in Munich

By , 24 March 2016
***11
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Rolando Villazón (Robert Falcon Scott) and Thomas Hampson (Roald Amundsen) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

South Pole at Bavarian State Opera: Première of a jarring spectacular on ice

By , 03 February 2016
***11
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Joseph Calleja (Faust), Chorus and Dancers © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

Mefistofele: An infernally spectacular début at the Bavarian State Opera

By , 24 October 2015
***11
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Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) and René Pape (Philip II) © Wilfried Hösl (2012)
Munich

Munich Don Carlo in fifty shades of black

By , 24 July 2015
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Waltraud Meier © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Tristan und Isolde in Munich: surprising and triumphant

By , 08 July 2015
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Norma at Bayerisches Staatsoper © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Norma in Munich: dramatically solid but musically uninspiring

By , 13 June 2015
**111
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Munich

A lackluster Traviata in Munich

By , 24 May 2015
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Jonas Kaufmann (Alvaro) and Anja Harteros (Leonora) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

An anti-clerical Forza del destino in Munich

By , 07 May 2015
****1
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Kristine Opolais (Tatyana) © Wilfried Hösl (2014)
Munich

Eugene Onegin meets Brokeback Mountain in Munich

By , 02 May 2015
***11
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Edita Gruberová (Elisabetta) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Darkness and dramatic irony in Bayerische Staatsoper's Roberto Devereux

By , 07 April 2015
****1
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Stephen Gould (Siegfried) and Anna Gabler (Gutrune) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Munich’s uneven Ring finishes with a strong Götterdämmerung

By , 20 March 2015
****1
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Thomas J Mayer (Wanderer) and Andreas Conrad (Mime) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

With an uneven cast, Munich Siegfried disappoints

By , 08 March 2015
***11
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Isabel Leonard (Cenerentola) and Javier Camarena (Don Ramiro) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A Cinderella of silly walks (and a selfie) in Munich

By , 01 March 2015
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Thomas J Mayer (Wotan) and Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A thrilling Die Walküre in Munich raises the bar in this Ring

By , 28 February 2015
*****
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Thomas J Mayer (Wotan) and Elisabeth Kulman (Fricka) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Munich's Rheingold: beautiful, but leaves many questions

By , 20 February 2015
***11
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Così fan tutte © Wilfried Hosl (earlier revival)
Munich

Sisters shine in Munich's aesthetically intellectual but short-changed Così

By , 16 February 2015
***11
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Wilfried Hosl
Munich

A tartan Falstaff in Munich

By , 12 February 2015
***11
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Diana Damrau as Lucia © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Unbounded excitement for Bavarian State Opera's new Lucia di Lammermoor

By , 01 February 2015
****1
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Anja Harteros (Leonora) and Golda Schultz (Ines) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Stunningly sung implausibilities: Il trovatore in Munich

By , 30 January 2015
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Evgenia Sotnikova (Jemmy) and Michael Volle (Tell) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

An unconventional Guillaume Tell in Munich has no heroes

By , 18 January 2015
****1
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Ekaterina Siurina (Adina) and Charles Castronovo (Nemorino) © Wilfried Hösl | Bavarian State Opera
Munich

An intoxicating L'elisir d'amore in Munich

By , 29 December 2014
****1
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Elena Pankratova (The Dyer's Wife) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

The music is the star of the Bavarian State Opera's surreal Die Frau ohne Schatten

By , 20 December 2014
****1
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Luca Pisaroni (Figaro) and Anita Hartig (Susanna) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Figaro in Munich: great singing and acting on a blank backdrop

By , 08 December 2014
****1
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© Wilfried Hösl (2007)
Munich

Rossini's Turco in Munich: sometimes funny, but deeply flawed

By , 28 November 2014
**111
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Tara Erraught (Hänsel) and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Gretel) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A nightmare-inducing Hänsel und Gretel in Munich

By , 25 November 2014
****1
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Kristīne Opolais (Manon) and Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A near-perfect Manon Lescaut in Munich

By , 15 November 2014
****1
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© Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Rigoletto in Munich features good music, but little else

By , 08 November 2014
**111
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Barbara Hannigan (Marie) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Die Soldaten in Munich is uncomfortable, ugly, violent... and perfect

By , 31 October 2014
*****
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Tara Erraught (Sesto) and Kristine Opolais (Vitellia) © Wilfried Hösl (February 2014)
Munich

The Bayerische Staatsoper's La clemenza di Tito is a story well told (crazy costumes and all)

By , 14 October 2014
****1
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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
****1
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Bernd Schmidt as Bassa Selim, Sandrine Piau as Konstanze © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

A colorful, fantastical Entführung at the Bayerische Staatsoper

By , 21 September 2014
****1
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Soile Isokoski (Marschallin) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

Soile Isokoski stars in a strong, traditional Munich Rosenkavalier

By , 29 July 2014
***11
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Jonas Kaufmann (Don Alvaro) and Anja Harteros (Leonora) © Wilfried Hösl
Munich

'Dream pair' of Harteros and Kaufmann shines in Munich revival of La forza del destino

By , 28 July 2014
****1
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