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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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Jennifer Johnston as Gaia © Teatro alla Scala
Milan

CO₂ at La Scala: a challenging truth by Giorgio Battistelli

By , 22 May 2015
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Francesca Dotto (Violetta) © MIchele Crosera
Venice

Carsen's La traviata rises again at La Fenice

By , 29 November 2014
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Karina Gauvin (Armida) © Robbie Jack
Glyndebourne

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

By , 09 August 2014
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Dutch National Opera, Falstaff © BAUS
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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Sally Matthews (Blanche) © Stephen Cummisky
London

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

By , 29 May 2014
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Dimitri Platanias (Rigoletto) © Bernd Uhlig
Brussels

Off with the motley: Rigoletto at La Monnaie

By , 20 May 2014
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Marcel Beekman (Platée) © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna

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

By , 19 February 2014
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Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff, with horse © Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera
New York City

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

By , 06 December 2013
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Ildar Abdrazakov (Mefistofele) and the San Francisco Opera Chorus  ©  Cory Weaver/San Francisco Opera
San Francisco

Strongly cast Mefistofele opens San Francisco Opera's season

By , 11 September 2013
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Madame Lidoine with nuns  ©  Michael Cooper
Toronto

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

By , 08 May 2013
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Anne-Marie Lemieux as Quickly, Ambrogio Maestri as Falstaff  ©  ROH 2012 / Catherine Ashmore
London

Robert Carsen's new Falstaff at Covent Garden

By , 19 May 2012
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Joshua Hopkins and Elizabeth Watts  ©  Alastair Muir
Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne's Rinaldo on Tour

By , 22 October 2011
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Tim Mead as Eustazio © Bill Cooper
Glyndebourne

Rinaldo at Glyndebourne

By , 02 July 2011
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©  Armin Bardel
Vienna

The Theater an der Wien’s subtle Dialogues des Carmélites

By , 21 April 2011
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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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© Klara Beck
Strasbourg

The Turn of the screw à l'Opéra du Rhin, singulière beauté du drame

By , 25 September 2016
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Don Carlo à l'OnR, mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Klara Beck
Strasbourg

Magnifique Don Carlo à l'Opéra national du Rhin

By , 17 June 2016
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Patricia Bardon (Agrippina) © Werner Kmetitsch | Theater an der Wien
Vienna

Händels Agrippina im Theater an der Wien - Macht ist sexy

By , 22 March 2016
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Jonathan McGovern (Alamir / Damire / Borée), Rachel Redmond (Irène / Léontine /  Flore) © Patrice Nin
Toulouse

L’éloquence française d’André Campra, par William Christie et Robert Carsen

By , 23 February 2016
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Angeles Blancas Gulín (Emilia Marty / Elina Makropoulos) © Alain Kaiser
Strasbourg

L'affaire Makropoulos ou la mort du grand opéra lyrique

By , 07 February 2016
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Capriccio à l'Opéra de Paris, mise en scène de Robert Carsen © Vincent Pontet / Opéra national de Paris
Paris

Capriccio illusionniste à l’Opéra Garnier

By , 19 January 2016
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Brenda Rae (Zerbinetta) mit Tänzern des Opernballets © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Munich

Sangesleistung im Mittelpunkt: Ariadne auf Naxos an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

By , 17 October 2015
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Brenda Rae © Kristin Hoebermann
Paris

Ariane à Naxos au Théâtre des Champs-Élysées : prima la musica !

By , 12 October 2015
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La Dame de Pique à l'Opéra national du Rhin © Klara Beck
Strasbourg

La Dame de Pique remporte la mise

By , 16 June 2015
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