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ZürichWinterreiseWorld Première

Winterreise
Schubert: Winterreise
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Emilio Pomàrico; Rufus Didwiszus; Emma Ryott; Michael Küster

LeipzigDer Freischütz

© Ida Zenna
Weber: Der Freischütz
Felix Bender; Christian von Götz; Oper Leipzig; Dieter Richter; Jessica Karge; Gal James; Magdalena Hinterdobler

MunichOtelloNew production

Otello
Verdi: Otello
Kirill Petrenko; Amélie Niermeyer; Bavarian State Opera; Christian Schmidt; Annelies Vanlaere; Jonas Kaufmann; Anja Harteros

ZürichThe Nutcracker and the Mouse King

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker and the Mouse King
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Zurich Junior Ballet; Paul Connelly; Rufus Didwiszus; Buki Shiff; Michael Küster

MunichDie verkaufte BrautNew production

Die verkaufte Braut
Smetana: The Bartered Bride
Tomáš Hanus; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Falko Herold; Anna El-Khashem; Helena Zubanovich

LeipzigSalome

© Kirsten Nijhof
Strauss R.: Salome
Ulf Schirmer; Aron Stiehl; Oper Leipzig; rosalie; Manuela Uhl; Elisabet Strid

MunichKarl V.New production

Karl V.
Krenek: Karl V.
Erik Nielsen; Carlus Padrissa; Bavarian State Opera; Lita Cabellut; Bo Skovhus; Okka von der Damerau
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Maria Bengtsson Fiordiligi) and Ida Aldrian (Dorabella) © Jörn Kipping
Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Oper Frankfurt's revival of Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd with a homegrown cast is a devastating combination of powerful music and searing drama.
*****
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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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