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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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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 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 Carlo at the Wiener Staatsoper © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Daniele Abbado’s disappointing Don Carlo in Vienna

By , 29 May 2016
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Chen Reiss (Vixen) and Hyuna Ko (Fox) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn (2014)
Vienna

Sensuous beauty: life-affirming Janáček at the Vienna State Opera

By , 11 April 2016
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Miriam Albano (Annio), Margarita Gritskova (Sesto) and Benjamin Bruns (Tito) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Jürgen Flimm’s La clemenza di Tito loses the plot in Vienna

By , 29 March 2016
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Jean-François Borras (Rodolfo) and Angel Blue (Mimì) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

La bohème a chilly disappointment in Vienna

By , 26 March 2016
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Wiener Staatsoper: Tri Sestri © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Péter Eötvös' Tri Sestri Receives Raucous Premiere at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 06 March 2016
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Krassimira Stoyanova (Rusalka) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn (2014)
Vienna

Darkly poignant, mysteriously stylish: Rusalka in Vienna

By , 09 February 2016
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Angela Gheorghiu (Tosca) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Angela Gheorghiu stars in a traditional Tosca in Vienna

By , 07 February 2016
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Ramón Vargas (Gustavo) and Maria Nazarova (Oscar) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Verdi’s version of the Opera Ball: Un ballo in maschera in Vienna

By , 12 January 2016
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Klaus Florian Vogt (Florestan) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

A routine Fidelio in Vienna saved by some impressive debuts

By , 07 January 2016
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Heinz Zednik (Hauk-Šendorf) and Laura Aikin (Emilia Marty) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Laura Aikin a magnificent Emilia Marty in Vienna's new Makropulos Case

By , 15 December 2015
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Anja Harteros (The Marschallin) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Viennese tradition: Anja Harteros stars in Otto Schenk’s production of Der Rosenkavalier

By , 11 December 2015
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Lise Lindstrom (Salome) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Lise Lindstrom triumphs in a vintage production of Salome in Vienna

By , 07 December 2015
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Anna Netrebko (Tatyana) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper (2013)
Vienna

No warmth in Falk Richter's wintry Onegin in Vienna

By , 28 October 2015
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Tatjana Serjan (Lady Macbeth) and George Petean (Macbeth) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Christian Räth's Macbeth enjoys a bloody première at the Vienna Staatsoper

By , 07 October 2015
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Irina Lungu (Violetta) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Sivadier's production of La traviata languishes in Vienna

By , 09 September 2015
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Tomasz Konieczny (Cardillac) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Sin City meets silent film: Hindemith’s Cardillac at the Staatsoper Wien

By , 22 June 2015
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Ekaterina Siurina (Gilda) and Giovanni Meoni (Rigoletto) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Vienna

Rewards, disappointments, but saved by the music: Rigoletto at Vienna State Opera

By , 17 June 2015
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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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© Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Magdalena Kožená and Mitsuko Uchida – an aptly named “Solistenabend” at the Staatsoper

By , 27 May 2015
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Anne Sofie von Otter and Evelyn Herlitzius in Götterdämmerung © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Götterdämmerung as Chamber Opera in Vienna

By , 25 May 2015
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Stephen Gould (Siegfried) and Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Stephen Gould triumphs as Siegfried in Vienna

By , 20 May 2015
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Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Tireless Herlitzius leads a memorable Walküre in Vienna

By , 17 May 2015
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Richard Paul Fink (Alberich) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Simon Rattle begins his Vienna Ring journey

By , 16 May 2015
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Elīna Garanča © Paul Schirnhofer | DG
Vienna

A polished, grounded diva: Garanča’s “Solistenkonzert” at the Wiener Staatsoper

By , 15 April 2015
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Anna Larsson as Klyämnestra, Nina Stemme as Elektra © Wiener Staatsoper / Michael Pöhn
Vienna

Astonishing Elektra with Nina Stemme in Vienna

By , 01 April 2015
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