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Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

By , 04 February 2018
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Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

By , 01 February 2018
****1
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Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

Valkyries scramble over theatre seats as Semperoper Dresden's Ring advances

By , 30 January 2018
***11
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Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

By , 29 January 2018
***11
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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
****1
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Sara Mingardo (Penelope) © Monika Rittershaus
Hamburg

Sara Mingardo leads a strong cast in Monteverdi's Ulisse in Hamburg

By , 04 November 2017
****1
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Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Dresden

A stunning Götterdämmerung in Dresden

By , 01 November 2017
****1
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Prince Sou-Chong and his ladies © Toni Suter
Zürich

“Smile despite your sorrows”: Franz Lehár’s valuable lesson in Zurich

By , 29 June 2017
****1
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Peter Mattei (Onegin) and Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) © Guergana Damianova | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Netrebko in majestic form as Tatyana in Paris Onegin

By , 16 May 2017
***11
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George Petean (Rigoletto) and Hayoung Lee (Gilda) © Arno Declair
Hamburg

Andreas Homoki’s Rigoletto brings the Bundesliga to the Hamburg Staatsoper

By , 16 March 2017
**111
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Sonya Yoncheva (Violetta) © Marty Sohl | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

A superb portrayal: Sonya Yoncheva shines in a brilliant Traviata at the Met

By , 01 March 2017
*****
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Piotr Beczała (Werther) © Antoni Bofill
Barcelona

Piotr Beczała leads a comprehensively excellent Werther in Barcelona

By , 28 January 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
***11
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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
***11
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The Flying Dutchman © Toni Suter & Tanja Dorendorf
Zürich

A murky tumult: Wagner’s Flying Dutchman in Zurich

By , 20 February 2016
***11
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Kari Postma (Káťa) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Mommie dearest: Janáček’s Káťa Kabanová in Oslo

By , 05 September 2015
*****
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Stephen Costello (Alfredo) and Marina Rebeka (Violetta) © Ken Howard | Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Willy Decker's emotion-packed La traviata returns in triumph to The Met

By , 16 December 2014
*****
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© Bettina Stöß (2008)
Berlin

Youthful Berlin audience relishes Humperdinck's fairy tale opera

By , 16 December 2014
****1
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Leigh Melrose (Elderly fop) and John Daszak (Gustav von Aschenbach) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Madrid

The universalization of Britten: Death in Venice in Madrid

By , 04 December 2014
****1
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Layla Claire (The Governess) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Best of Britten: Resident evil in The Turn of the Screw

By , 12 November 2014
****1
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Elza van der Heever (Elsa) © Monika Rittershaus
Zürich

Lohengrin in Zurich: "What blessed power holds us spellbound?"

By , 25 September 2014
****1
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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
***11
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