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Instrument: Dramaturgy

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MunichKarl V.New production

Bo Skovhus (Karl V.) © Wilfried Hösl
Krenek: Karl V.
Erik Nielsen; Carlus Padrissa; Bavarian State Opera; Lita Cabellut; Bo Skovhus; Okka von der Damerau

LeipzigSalome

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

GenevaSombras

Various: Sombras
Sara Baras; Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Keko Baldomero; Andrés Mérida; Luis F. Dos Santos; José Serrano

MunichLa fanciulla del WestNew production

La fanciulla del West
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
James Gaffigan; Andreas Dresen; Bavarian State Opera; Mathias Fischer-Dieskau; Sabine Greunig; Anja Kampe; Brandon Jovanovich

LeipzigLucia di Lammermoor

© Kirsten Nijhof
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Anthony Bramall; Katharina Thalbach; Oper Leipzig; Momme Röhrbein; Angelika Rieck; Mathias Hausmann; Bianca Tognocchi

LeipzigDer Freischütz

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

DijonGuerre et Térébenthine

Willems: Guerre et Térébenthine
Jan Lauwers; Needcompany; Saul Mombaerts; Lot Lemm; George van Dam
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Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
The problem with on-stage vulgarity is that, while it might be sophisticated and knowing satire, it ends by being what it is parodying.
***11
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The Nutcracker and the Mouse King: A redesign in Zürich

Yen Han and Matthew Knight (Clowns) and William Moore (Nutcracker), Nutcracker and the Mouse King © Gregory Batardon
In Zurich, ballet director Christian Spuck recently launched the second season of the multi-layered ballet he choreographed to the great P.I. Tchaikovsky score.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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On longing and abandonment: Spuck’s Winterreise premieres in Zurich

Dancers of the Zurich Ballet in Spuck's Winterreise © Gregory Bartadon
Christian Spuck, Zurich’s ballet director has crafted a new version of Hans Zender’s adaptation of Die Winterreise
****1
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
****1
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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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