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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Sebastian Holecek

Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Prague

A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

By , 22 September 2018
****1
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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
****1
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Sir Bryn Terfel (Hans Sachs) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

Excellent in parts: Kaspar Holten's new Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Covent Garden

By , 11 March 2017
***11
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen, Simon O'Neill and Sir Antonio Pappano © Riccardo Musacchio & Flavio Ianniello
Rome

Pappano releases the shackles: an uplifting Fidelio in Rome

By , 22 October 2016
****1
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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
****1
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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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Marcy Stonikas (Leonore) and Roy Cornelius Smith (Florestan) © Barbara Palffy | Volksoper
Vienna

After over 70 years apart, Beethoven’s Fidelio is reunited with the Volksoper

By , 25 May 2014
***11
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Irmgard Vilsmaier and Caroline Melzer  ©  Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper
Vienna

Wagner's Ring in one evening: Tetralogy boiled down to three hours is a hit at the Volksoper

By , 27 May 2013
****1
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Charles Castronovo as Tamino, Ekaterina Siurina as Pamina  ©  2013 ROH / Mike Hoban
London

Die Zauberflöte at Covent Garden

By , 16 April 2013
****1
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Anja-Nina Bahrmann (Gretel), Kurt Schreibmayer (Knusperhexe)  ©  Barbara Pálffy/Volksoper Wien
Vienna

Hänsel und Gretel in a classic Volksoper production

By , 09 December 2012
****1
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Sebastian Holecek (Fürst Igor) und Chor der Volksoper © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Vienna

Unglücklicher Feldzug für Fürst Igor in Wien

By , 19 March 2016
**111
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