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BerlinJephthaNew production

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Handel: Jephtha
Christian Curnyn; Richard Jones; Komische Oper Berlin; Hyemi Shin; Aletta Collins; Simon Berger

StockholmAida

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Verdi: Aida
Sian Edwards; Michael Cavanagh; Royal Swedish Opera; Magdalena Åberg; Miriam Treichl; Daniel Johansson

ZürichGirl with a Pearl EarringWorld premiere

Girl with a Pearl Earring
Wirth: Girl with a Pearl Earring
Peter Rundel; Ted Huffman; Zurich Opera; Andrew Lieberman; Annemarie Woods; Lauren Snouffer; Thomas Hampson

StockholmLa fanciulla del WestNew production

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Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Alan Gilbert; Christof Loy; Royal Swedish Opera; Herbert Murauer; Malin Byström; Andrea Carè

ZürichDon Giovanni

Don Giovanni
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Riccardo Minasi; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Tabea Braun; Franck Evin; Chris Kondek

AmsterdamThe Murder of Halit Yozgat

Frost: The Murder of Halit Yozgat
Ben Frost; Staatsoper Hannover; Lisa Däßler; Kerstin Krüger; Mirella Weingarten; Dan Bora

BerlinDas RheingoldNew production

Wagner: Das Rheingold
Donald Runnicles; Stefan Herheim; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Uta Heiseke; Derek Welton; Padraic Rowan
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Juan Diego Flórez successfully debuts as Rodolfo in Zurich's Bohème

Juan Diego Flórez (Rodolfo) and Ruzan Mantashyan (Mimì) © Toni Suter
In a reprise of Ole Anders Tandberg’s somewhat confused production, a solid cast performs a charming bohème, under the baton of Marco Armiliato.
***11
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An immensely dramatic opera: Le Prophète in Berlin

Gregory Kunde (Jean de Leyde), Deutsche Oper Berlin 2017 © Bettina Stöss
Meyerbeer's tale of the Anabaptist rebellion in the 16th-century religious wars proves to be a powerful thriller, with Clémentine Margaine and Gregory Kunde leading a very strong singing cast.
****1
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Astrid Kessler nails the title role in Arabella in Zurich

Julia Kleiter (Arabella), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (The Fiakermilli) and chorus © Toni Suter
Using the Nazi regime as his Leitmotif, Canadian director Robert Carsen brings Richard Strauss’ Arabella to the Zurich stage. 
***11
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More glitter than gold: the Berliner Staatsoper's new Rosenkavalier

Camilla Nylund (Marschallin) © Ruth Walz

Another opera novice struggles in the Staatsoper's new Rosenkavalier, while Zubin Mehta's leaden conducting proves a burden.

***11
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Iphigénie en Tauride in Zurich: a bright success in a black grave

Cecilia Bartoli (Iphigénie) © Monika Rittershaus
Cecilia Bartoli leads a great cast in Gluck’s masterpiece, presented in Zurich in a new insightful production by Andreas Homoki.
*****
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An enchanting new Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Jeanine De Bique (Helena), Karis Tucker (Hermia) and Jami Reid-Quarrell (Puck) © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delightful and whimsical homage to Britten’s masterpiece. The orchestra, soloists and children’s chorus performed with energy and charm under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
***11
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Fidelio in Zurich: singing fine, but staging, “Nein!”

Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Andreas Schager (Florestan) © Herwig Prammer

In its revival here in Zurich, the soloists and choir of Beethoven's Fidelio give stellar vocal performances. But having done away with any real set, the opera was not without its shortcomings.

**111
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