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Instrument: Dramaturgy

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MunichAus einem TotenhausNew Production

Aus einem Totenhaus
Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Simone Young; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Evgeniya Sotnikova; Manuel Günther

BernCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Mario Venzago; Stephan Märki; Stadttheater Bern; Philipp Fürhofer; Claude Eichenberger; Jordan Shanahan

BernKáťa Kabanová

Janáček: Káťa Kabanová
Kevin John Edusei; Florentine Klepper; Stadttheater Bern; Martina Segna; Adriane Westerbarkey; Johanni van Oostrum; Alessandro Liberatore

TokyoFidelioNew Production

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
Beethoven: Fidelio
Taijiro Iimori; Katharina Wagner; New National Theatre; Marc Löhrer; Thomas Kaiser; Stephen Gould; Hiroshi Kuroda

AmsterdamLegacy

Legacy
Gallo: Legacy
Nadia Beugré; Hanna Hedman; Erk Houllier; Boris Hennion

AmsterdamCrowd

Crowd
Gisele Vienne; Stephen O'Malley; Dennis Cooper; Patrick Riou

AmsterdamTiefer Schweb

Tiefer Schweb
Tiefer Schweb
Jürg Kienberger; Christoph Marthaler; Münchner Kammerspiele; Duri Bischoff; Sara Kittelmann; Jürgen Tulzer; Malte Ubenauf
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Cynicism reigns in Katharina Wagner’s Fidelio in Tokyo

Michael Kupfer-Radecky (Don Pizarro), Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) and Stephen Gould (Florestan) © Masahiko Terashi | New National Theatre, Tokyo
The most talked about new production in the New National Theatre Tokyo’s 20th anniversary season undercuts Beethoven’s idealism.
****1
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Sternenhoch: Delightful depravity in Prague

Sternenhoch © Patrik Borecký
The National Theater takes a bold step forward with a smart realization of a literary grotesquerie.
****1
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Nothing false about La finta giardiniera in Baden-Baden

Rubén Olivares Jofré (Belfiore) © Jochen Klenk
Christian Carsten’s hilarious production of Die Gärtnerin aus Liebe reveals Mozart’s non-judgmental social satire and irrepressible sense of fun.
****1
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Falstaff at the Festtage

Michael Volle (Sir John Falstaff) © Matthias Baus
Michael Volle makes his debut as Verdi's not-so-Fat Knight in Mario Martone's new production at the Staatsoper, with Daniel Barenboim conducting. 
****1
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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Neuenfels' bloodless Salome in Berlin

Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Hans Neuenfels new Salome proves a strangely non-committal affair at the Staatsoper, but Thomas Guggeis conducts impressively.
***11
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Lucas Singer (Death), Nikolay Borchev (Emperor Overall) © Paul Leclaire
Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
***11
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