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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

BonnWest Side StoryNew production

Bernstein: https://bachtrack.com/3/1005/edit/13490?destination=%2F22%2F1005%2Fmaintain-works%2F16West Side Story
Daniel Johannes Mayr; Erik Petersen; Theater Bonn; Hermes Helfricht; Dirk Hofacker; Marie Heeschen

CologneDie Soldaten

Zimmermann: Die Soldaten
François-Xavier Roth; Carlus Padrissa; Oper Köln; Roland Olbeter; Chu Uroz; Frank van Hove; Emily Hindrichs

SalzburgInori — Le Balcon · Pascal

Stockhausen: Inori
Le Balcon; Maxime Pascal; Emmanuelle Grach; Florent Derex

SalzburgKopatchinskaja · Richard

Nono: La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura
Patricia Kopatchinskaja; André Richard

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
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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

© Kai Bienert
An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
****1
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A ghost of an opera at BAM

Rod Gilfry in the loser © Richard Termine
David Lang’s new opera the loser opened the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Wednesday night, but simply lacked theatricality.
*1111
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Spiritually-charged Luigi Nono at Musikfest Berlin

Isabelle Faust © Peter Adamik | Berlin Festspeil
On the eve of the Musikfest Berlin, Isabelle Faust’s performance of Luigi Nono’s La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura was an extraordinary time capsule back to the work’s premiere in 1988.
*****
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