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Instrument: Dramaturgy

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MunichLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Le nozze di Figaro
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Constantinos Carydis; Christof Loy; Bavarian State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Klaus Bruns; Markus Eiche; Federica Lombardi

GrazHochzeitsfest in Eggenberg

© Werner Kmetitsch
Draghi
Julla von Landsberg; David Szigetvári; Neue Hofkapelle Graz; Lucia Froihofer

MunichLes Vêpres siciliennesNew Production

Les Vêpres siciliennes
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes
Omer Meir Wellber; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Victoria Behr; George Petean; Bryan Hymel; Rachel Willis-Sørensen

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

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
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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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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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