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MilanChailly conducts Mahler 3

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Filarmonica della Scala; Riccardo Chailly; Gerhild Romberger; Coro del Teatro alla Scala; Coro di voci bianche dell’Accademia Teatro alla Scala

BerlinSerse (Xerxes)

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
Konrad Junghänel; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Stephanie Houtzeel; Franziska Gottwald

LondonOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – We are Made of Star Stuff

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment – We are Made of Star Stuff
Bach: Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Cantata, BWV182
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Steven Devine; Helen Charlston; Nick Pritchard; Dingle Yandell

LondonSt John Passion

St John Passion
Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
South London Sinfonietta; Peter Fender; Six Centuries Chamber Choir; Benjamin Vonberg-Clark; Philip Wilcox; Helen Semple

ZürichDelphine Galou & Accademia Bizantina

© Caroline Doutre
Gregori, Stradella, Corelli, Monteverdi, Porpora, Geminiani, Jommelli, Vivaldi
Accademia Bizantina; Delphine Galou; Ottavio Dantone

LondonBach's St Matthew Passion

Bach's St Matthew Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mark Padmore; Roderick Williams; Katherine Watson; Claudia Huckle

AmsterdamSt Matthew's Passion

St Matthew's Passion
Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Mark Padmore; Roderick Williams; Katherine Watson; Jessica Cale
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Virtuoso modern stagecraft and a fine cast combine in a very enjoyable, present-day Rake’s Progress.
****1
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Mahler 2 of operatic intensity from Bychkov

Semyon Bychkov © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
With this performance of Mahler's 'Resurrection' symphony, Bychkov has shown himself to be one of the composer's most interesting interpreters
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Wagner demands vocal resilience from the large cast of singers in Das Rheingold, but Willy Decker wants strong thigh muscles as well.
***11
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A topsy-turvy Rheingold in concert from Jurowski and the LPO

Matthias Goerne and Michelle DeYoung © Simon Jay Price
Robert Hayward was unafraid to 'go ugly' when need be in Jurowski's symphonically executed concert performance. 
***11
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