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Leigh Melrose (Clov) and Frode Olsen (Hamm) © Ruth Walz | Teatro alla Scala
Milan

Beckett at La Scala: world première of Kurtág's Fin de partie

By , 15 November 2018
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Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 April 2018
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Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

A boisterous romp in Offenbach's Bluebeard at the Komische Oper Berlin

By , 23 March 2018
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Kacper Szelążek (Bacco) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Dutch National Opera successfully resurrects La morte d’Orfeo

By , 23 March 2018
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Stephen Gould (Tristan), Ricarda Merbeth (Isolde) © DNO 2018
Amsterdam

Tristan und Isolde smoulders at Dutch National Opera

By , 18 January 2018
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Cornel Frey (Andres) and Bo Skovhus (Wozzeck) © Karl Forster
Düsseldorf

Between two worlds: Wozzeck in Düsseldorf

By , 20 October 2017
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Das Wunder der Heliane © Annemie Augustijns
Antwerp

Miracle in a wasteland: Das Wunder der Heliane returns to Flanders

By , 01 October 2017
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Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Figaro) © Karl Forster (2015)
Hamburg

Staff issues: Mozart's Figaro in Hamburg

By , 11 February 2017
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Christopher Ventris (Parsifal), Petra Lang (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Amsterdam

Audi's spectacular Parsifal at Dutch National Opera

By , 06 December 2016
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Brett Polegato (Kurwenal), Rachel Nicholls (Isolde) and Torsten Kerl (Tristan) © Vincent Pontet
Paris

A rapturous Tristan und Isolde in Paris

By , 15 May 2016
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Ricarda Merbeth (Senta) and Samuel Youn (Dutchman) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Uncontroversial Flying Dutchman serves as light relief at Bayreuth

By , 31 July 2015
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Ekaterina Siurina (Gilda) and Giovanni Meoni (Rigoletto) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Rewards, disappointments, but saved by the music: Rigoletto at Vienna State Opera

By , 17 June 2015
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Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta Valéry) © T + T Fotografie / Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

A better Violetta could not stray: La Traviata in Zurich

By , 21 April 2015
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Samuel Youn (Holländer) and Ricarda Merbeth (Senta) © Bayreuth Festival | Enrico Nawrath
Bayreuth

Christian Thielemann leads Bayreuth Orchestra "like a precision machine" in The Flying Dutchman

By , 08 August 2014
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Set of Oidípous at the Holland Festival © Janiek Dam
Amsterdam

Minimalist Oidípous doesn't quite hypnotise

By , 29 June 2014
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Samuel Youn as the Dutchman, Adrienne Pieczonka as Senta; Photo by Enrico Nawrath  ©  Bayreuther Festspeile
Bayreuth

Musically outstanding but landlocked: Der Fliegende Holländer in Bayreuth

By , 31 July 2012
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© Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Berlin

Caustique Blaubart au Komische Oper de Berlin

By , 13 July 2018
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© Yasuko Kageyama
Rome

Un Wagner minimaliste, pour une quintessence du drame romantique

By , 27 November 2016
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Marcelo Àlvarez (Mario Cavaradossi) et Anja Harteros (Floria Tosca) © E. Bauer | Opera national de Paris
Paris

Reprise de Tosca à Bastille : un triptyque vocal et tragique illumine l'œuvre de Puccini

By , 17 September 2016
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Tristan et Isolde, mise en scène de Pierre Audi © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Tristan und Isolde au Théâtre des Champs-Elysées

By , 15 May 2016
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Emilia Marty) und ihre Verehrer © Bernd Uhlig | Deutsche Oper
Berlin

Traum vom Ewigen Leben: David Hermanns Věc Makropulos an der Deutschen Oper

By , 19 February 2016
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Martina Serafin (Tosca) © Charles Duprat / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

À l'Opéra Bastille : une exégèse qui manquait encore à Tosca

By , 10 October 2014
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