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BerlinAnatevka

© Monika Rittershaus
Bock: Fiddler on the Roof
Koen Schoots; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rufus Didwiszus; Klaus Bruns; Jan Freese; Otto Pichler

LinzCompany of Music

Lang, Scelsi, Tormis, Saariaho, Pärt
Company of Music; Johannes Hiemetsberger; Unknown

ParisSérie Rose

Aperghis, Muntendorf, Schulhoff, Sarhan, Anderson, Jodlowski, Hodkinson
Frauke Aulbert; Małgorzata Walentynowicz; Dominik Kleinknecht; Monika Pasiecznik

ParisEnsemble intercontemporain plays Boulez

Boulez
Ensemble intercontemporain; Matthias Pintscher; Odile Auboin; Samuel Favre; Gilles Durot; Françoise Rivalland

ParisVanessa Porter & Daniel Weingarten

Porter, Globokar, Aperghis, Lang, Kuyumcuyan, Kuhn
Vanessa Porter; Daniel Weingarten
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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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Precipice at The Grange Festival: a mirror of our times

Starting narration by Tonderai Munyevu and Héloise Werner © Joe Low
Michael Chance takes the audience around The Grange in a thoughtful show combining opera excerpts, dance, acrobats, vocal and instrumental music.
****1
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Yuval Sharon’s pop Zauberflöte at the Staatsoper Berlin

Florian Teichtmeister (Papageno) © Monika Rittershaus (February 2019)

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents Avery Sharon’s shocking production of Mozart’s masterpiece, full of references to pop culture, side by side with the traditional one by Everding in the same season. A solid cast does justice to his fun, entertaining, bold production.

****1
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Joseph Keckler’s Let Me Die premieres in Philadelphia

Veronica Chapman-Smith, Augustine Mercante and Natalie Levin © Johanna Austin
A celebration of operatic death(s) in Philadelphia.
***11
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Stockhausen marathon at the Musikfest Berlin

Diego Vásquez and Winnie Huang dance Inori © Adam Janisch
Over 10 years after his death, Karlheinz Stockhausen still occupies a complex and difficult place in the canon of contemporary composers. This year's Musikfest Berlin featured a Stockhausen focus, of which the "creation ceremony" Inori was the climax.
****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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Ensemble Musikfabrik in Berlin

An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
****1
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