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Instrument: Spoken word

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New York CityKarine Polwart & Kaia Kater

© Sandy Butler/Todd Cooper
Karine Polwart; Kaia Kater

LeipzigDer Freischütz

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

MunichDie Entführung aus dem Serail

Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Constantin Trinks; Martin Duncan; Bavarian State Opera; Ultz; Albina Shagimuratova; Caroline Wettergreen

SavonlinnaThe Abduction from the Seraglio

Mozart: Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Harem)
Kalle Kuusava; Katariina Lahti; Mark Väisänen; Erika Turunen; Elena Gorshunova; Claire de Sévigné

PécsEötvös 75

Eötvös
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra; Péter Eötvös; Iris Vermillion; Eric Stoklossa; Hungarian Radio Choir; Paul Mácsai

BudapestEötvös 75

Eötvös
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra; Péter Eötvös; Iris Vermillion; Eric Stokloßa; Hungarian Radio Choir; Paul Mácsai

ParisAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Jérémie Rhorer; Katie Mitchell; Chloe Lamford; Sarah Blenkinsop; Camilla Nylund; Roberto Saccà
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A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Christian Thielemann led a memorable performance of Strauss's chamber opera Ariadne auf Naxos with a strong cast in a new straightforward production by David Hermann.
*****
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Fingerlos and El Mouissi perform Schumann’s Dichterliebe at Lucerne

Sascha El Mouissi and Rafael Fingerlos © Lucerne Festival | Peter Fischli
The gifted baritone Rafael Fingerlos lit up Lucerne’s Lukaskirche with Dichterliebe, the song cycle of 16 poems by Heinrich Heine.
***11
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A thrilling Gurrelieder from the Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
This was a superbly assured performance in which Esa-Pekka Salonen marshalled his forces with a clear-sighted vision to carve out an account brimming with intensity, energy and commitment.
****1
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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Savonlinna's Die Entführung aus dem Serail

Jyrki Korhonen (Osmin) and Tuomas Katajala (Belmonte) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-savo
The opening production of the 2017 Savonlinna Opera Festival had an optimistic message, strongly delivered by a cast led by the exceptional Konstanze of Hulkar Sabirova.
****1
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Opera inside out: Ariadne auf Naxos

Karine Babajanyan (Ariadne) © Florian Merdes
A well-sung revival of a witty and supremely theatrical production of Strauss’ operatic exposé.
****1
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Magnificent music and opulent visuals

Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Under the baton of René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin dazzles in the Staatsoper's production of Purcell's "dramatick opera". 
****1
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