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Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Munich

Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

By , 28 June 2018
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Kundry) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Parsifal) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Suffering, transcendence, redemption: The Met's Parsifal is a long trip, well worth it

By , 05 February 2018
*****
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Markus Werba (Papageno) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Julie Taymor’s Magic Flute is still mesmerizing at The Met

By , 10 October 2017
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Sven-Eric Bechtolf (Mephistopheles), Katharina Kammerloher (Sorge) und Roman Trekel (Faust) © Hermann und Clärchen Baus
Berlin

Disturbing scenes: Staatsoper reopens with a messy Faustian hybrid

By , 03 October 2017
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René Pape © Petra Hajska
Prague

In Prague, a radiant Dvořák Stabat Mater

By , 07 September 2017
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René Pape (Gurnemanz), Anja Kampe (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Ruth Walz (2015)
Berlin

The Staatsoper's remarkable Parsifal remains as moving as ever

By , 08 April 2017
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Stuart Skelton (Tristan) and Nina Stemme (Isolde) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Trelinski's passionless Tristan und Isolde opens Met season

By , 26 September 2016
***11
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Michael Fabiano (Don Carlo) and Mariusz Kwiecień (Rodrigo) © Cory Weaver | San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Don Carlo in San Francisco: musically perfect, dramatically lacking

By , 12 June 2016
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Don Carlo at the Wiener Staatsoper © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Daniele Abbado’s disappointing Don Carlo in Vienna

By , 29 May 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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Lyudmila Monastyrska (Lady Macbeth) and Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) © Mara Eggert | Staatsoper Berlin
Berlin

Monastyrska and Domingo sizzle in Berlin’s Macbeth

By , 07 February 2015
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Ana Durlovski (The Queen of the Night) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Julie Taymor's Magic Flute returns to The Met

By , 06 October 2014
***11
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Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) and Željko Lučić (Macbeth) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

The Macbeths triumph at The Met: Netrebko and Lučić reign in New York

By , 24 September 2014
*****
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Claudio Abbado © Felix Broede | DG
Dresden

Claudio Abbado remembered in Dresden

By , 09 June 2014
***11
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A scene from Act I of Parsifal with Jonas Kaufmann  ©  Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera. Taken during the rehearsal on February 8, 2013 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City
New York City

The music redeems unanswered questions in the Met's beautiful new Parsifal

By , 15 February 2013
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Jonas Kaufmann as Lohengrin and Anja Harteros as Elsa  ©  Monika Rittershaus
Milan

A dream cast united in La Scala's Lohengrin

By , 21 December 2012
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Orchestra e Coro del Teatro alla Scala: Anja Harteros, Elīna Garanča, Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kauf ©  Wolfgang Lienbacher
Salzburg

Salzburg's first spiritual festival closes with Verdi's Requiem

By , 01 September 2012
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Daniel Barenboim and Michael Barenboim, leader of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra with soloists (L- © BBC / Chris Christodoulou
London

Prom 18: Beethoven's Ninth

By , 27 July 2012
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René Pape as Méphistophélès © The Royal Opera / Catherine Ashmore
London

A star-studded Faust at the Royal Opera

By , 18 September 2011
***11
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Tristan und Isolde (acte II) à l'Opéra de Paris © Vincent Pontet
Paris

Tristan et Isolde à Bastille : pour le meilleur et pour le pire

By , 11 September 2018
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Ensemble © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Irre: Alvis Hermanis inszeniert Parsifal an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 30 March 2017
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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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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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René Pape (Boris Godunow) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Slava Boris: Wiederaufnahme an der Wiener Staatsoper

By , 06 May 2016
***11
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Marina Poplavskaya als Marguerite © Monika Rittershaus | Staatsopher im Schillertheater
Berlin

Faust an der Berliner Staatsoper: ein großer Abend mit Simone Young

By , 17 December 2015
****1
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