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Les Troyens © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The Staatsoper shows greatness: Hector Berlioz's Les Troyens conquer Vienna

By , 14 October 2018
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Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna

Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

By , 20 May 2018
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Elīna Garanča (Dalila) and Roberto Alagna (Samson) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Softly awakes my cold, cold heart: a tepid Samson et Dalila in Vienna

By , 12 May 2018
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Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Bringing a picnic to the poltergeist: Don Giovanni in Vienna

By , 14 January 2018
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Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Putting frippery before Freud: Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 14 December 2017
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Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Willy Decker's stylish production enhances vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

By , 06 December 2017
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Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

By , 05 December 2017
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Regine Hangler (Daphne) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Dreams and reality: a brilliant Daphne in Vienna

By , 04 December 2017
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Misha Didyk © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

A chilling merry-go-round: Prokofiev’s The Gambler at Vienna State Opera

By , 04 October 2017
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Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herod) and Gun-Brit Barkmin (Salome) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Salome in Vienna is big on decibels, but short on detail

By , 21 September 2017
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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
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Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck) © Salzburger Festspiele | Ruth Walz
Salzburg

Skilfully constructed: William Kentridge's new Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

By , 08 August 2017
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Nina Stemme (Katerina) © Salzburger Festspiele | Thomas Aurin
Salzburg

Murderously brilliant: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk at Salzburg Festival

By , 05 August 2017
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Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Stefan Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried in Vienna

By , 28 May 2017
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Jongmin Park (Hunding) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pohn
Vienna

Peter Schneider takes the Valkyries on a wild ride in Vienna

By , 21 May 2017
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Norbert Ernst (Loge), Egils Silins (Wotan) and Markus Eiche (Donner) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Indulgence and corruption: Bechtolf's Ring returns to the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 30 April 2017
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Monica Bohinec (Gora) and Claudia Barainsky (Medea) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The wrath of a woman scorned: Reimann’s murderous Medea at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 07 April 2017
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Petra Lang (Isolde) and Stephen Gould (Tristan) © Wiener Staatsoper | Ashley Taylor
Vienna

Nuanced revival of McVicar's Tristan und Isolde at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 12 March 2017
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Roberto Alagna (Manrico) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Alagna, Netrebko and Tézier triumphant in Vienna's new Trovatore

By , 05 February 2017
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Adrian Eröd (Frank) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

The Dead City lacks excitement in Vienna

By , 15 January 2017
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Ambrogio Maestri (Falstaff) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

McVicar’s Falstaff a timely success at the Haus am Ring

By , 09 December 2016
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Myrtò Papatanasiu (Alcina) and Rachel Frenkel (Ruggiero) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Baroque sorcery: Handel's Alcina returns to the Staatsoper

By , 20 October 2016
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Armide © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Cross-dressing abounds: Gluck's Armide at Wiener Staatsoper

By , 19 October 2016
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Kristine Opolais (Cio-Cio San) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Johan Botha's death casts a pall over Madama Butterfly in Vienna

By , 08 September 2016
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Brandon Jovanovich (Don José) and Elena Maximova (Carmen) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Traditional Carmen a musical and dramatic success in Vienna

By , 06 September 2016
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Ricarda Merbeth (Elsa) and Stefan Vinke (Lohengrin) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Andreas Homoki’s Lohengrin in Lederhosen lacks mystique in Vienna

By , 05 September 2016
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Anna Prohaska (Susanna) and Luca Pisaroni (Count Almaviva) © Salzburger Festspiele | Ruth Walz
Salzburg

Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s new Figaro brings Downton Abbey to downtown Salzburg

By , 16 August 2016
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Danae) © Salzburger Festspiele | Forster
Salzburg

Going for gold: Strauss' Die Liebe der Danae returns to Salzburg

By , 05 August 2016
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Yusif Eyvazov and Anna Netrebko © Salzburger Festspiele / Marco Borrelli
Salzburg

Manon from heaven: sublime account at the Salzburg Festival

By , 04 August 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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Don Giovanni © Michael Pöhn (2011)
Vienna

An overthought, underperformed Don Giovanni in Vienna

By , 16 June 2015
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Revival of Fidelio at Wiener Staatsoper © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Nina Stemme shines in a rousing Fidelio in Vienna

By , 06 June 2015
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Vienna

Vaudeville and shadow puppets: Die Zauberflöte in Vienna

By , 09 June 2014
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Vienna

Nina Stemme’s glorious immolation crowns a stunning Vienna Götterdämmerung

By , 08 June 2014
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Salzburg

La bohème in Salzburg with Netrebko and a tenor surprise

By , 04 August 2012
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Salzburg

The Salzburg Festival's Die Frau ohne Schatten

By , 01 August 2011
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Adrianne Pieczonka (Feldmarschallin) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Retro-Repertoire: Der 1000. Rosenkavalier an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 21 March 2019
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Cavalleria rusticana: Elīna Garanča (Santuzza) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Wenn Erwartungen übererfüllt werden: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 11 March 2019
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Olga Peretyatko (Lucia) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Wahnsinn mit angezogener Handbremse: Lucia di Lammermoor in Wien

By , 09 February 2019
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Carlos Álvarez (Falstaff) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Grantscherben in Pluderhosen: Carlos Álvarez als Falstaff an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 25 January 2019
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Fiona Jopson (Dritte Norn), Monika Bohinec (Erste Norn) und Ulrike Helzel (Zweite Norn) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Axel Kober bringt sein Wiener Ring-Debüt zu einem fulminanten Ende

By , 20 January 2019
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Stephanie Houtzeel, Benjamin Bernheim (Tamino), Bongiwe Nakani, Fiona Jopson © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Die Zauberflöte an der Wiener Staatsoper: Klamauk und höhere Weihen für einen Großen

By , 18 December 2018
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Rachel Frenkel (Lea) und Tomasz Konieczny (Peter) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Karpfenland Österreich: Welturaufführung von Die Weiden an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 08 December 2018
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Ramón Vargas (Gustavo) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Bunt und prächtig, schicksalsträchtig: Un ballo in maschera an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 24 October 2018
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Lise Lindstrom (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Ein Repertoireabend mit Glanzlichtern: Elektra an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 19 October 2018
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Pavol Breslik (Alfredo Germont) und Albina Shagimuratova (Violetta Valéry) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Wenn Wiener Repertoireabende zur Sensation werden: La traviata mit Albina Shagimuratova

By , 20 September 2018
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Riccardo Muti © Salzburger Festspiele | MarcoBorrelli
Salzburg

Grande Messe Solennelle: Schumann und Schubert strahlen in Salzburg unter Muti berührende Größe aus

By , 12 August 2018
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Robert Dean Smith (Lohengrin) und Annette Dasch (Elsa) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Ein tapferer Lohengrin an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 15 June 2018
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Andreas Schager (Max) und Alan Held (Caspar) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Max und die schrägen Vögel: Der Freischütz an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 11 June 2018
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Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Vienna

Revolutionsdonner und Stimmungskanonen: Andrea Chénier in Starbesetzung an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 23 April 2018
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