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BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann

© Monika Rittershaus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alevtina Ioffe; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Mechthild Seipel; Arturo Gama; Franck Evin

ZürichDas tapfere SchneiderleinNew production

Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Mitterer: Das tapfere Schneiderlein
Ann-Katrin Stöcker; Kai Anne Schuhmacher; Zurich Opera; Tobias Flemming; Luca Bernard; Nathan Haller

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger

BerlinPierrot LunaireNew production

Pierrot Lunaire: Dagmar Manzel © Monika Rittershaus
Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Christoph Breidler; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Valentin Mattka; Katrin Kath; Dagmar Manzel; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinLa traviata

© Iko Freese
Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Nicola Raab; Komische Oper Berlin; Madeleine Boyd; Annemarie Woods; Linus Fellbom; Simon Berger

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Iko Freese
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan De Souza; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Esther Bialas; Barrie Kosky; Paul Barritt
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Double vision in Wiener Staatsoper's Entführung

Christian Nickel (Bassa Selim) and Lisette Oropesa (Konstanze) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Actors double up with singers in Hans Neuenfels' innovative production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Vienna. 
*****
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Konwitschny’s controversial Don Carlos a must-see in Vienna

Malin Byström (Elisabeth de Valois) and Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
A five-hour operatic marathon as the full, five-act French version of Verdi's epic Don Carlos returns to the Staatsoper after a seven-year hiatus. 
*****
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Die Csárdásfürstin in Zürich: acerbic wit and winning music

Annette Dasch (Sylva) © Toni Suter
Kálmán's operetta brilliantly updated to the super-rich of today, with starry singing from Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik.
****1
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Technology to the rescue in Zurich's new staging of Boris Godunov

Michael Volle (Boris Godunov) and Spencer Lang (Holy Fool) © Monika Rittershaus

The Zurich Opernhaus tackles the pandemic with an innovative strategy: instead of reducing the size of orchestra and chorus (as many other European opera houses) it removes them from the theatre altogether. 

Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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Confusing and evocative: Faust [working title] in Amsterdam

Faust [working title] © Michel Schnater | DNO
DNO's new production is an inspiring opera spectacular.
*****
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School for lovers: Loy’s bitter lessons at the Salzburg Festival

Andrè Schuen (Guglielmo), Elsa Dreisig (Fiordiligi), Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
It's difficult to believe Salzburg could have cast a finer Così in Loy's Covid-reduced production in the Großes Festspielhaus.
****1
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