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AmsterdamTiefer Schweb

Tiefer Schweb
Tiefer Schweb
Jürg Kienberger; Christoph Marthaler; Münchner Kammerspiele; Duri Bischoff; Sara Kittelmann; Jürgen Tulzer; Malte Ubenauf

New RomneyThe Soldier's Tale

The Soldier's Tale
Stravinsky: L'Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier's Tale): suite
Sabotage Theatre; Bridgetower Music


Young: Betroffenheit
Crystal Pite; Kidd Pivot; Electric Company Theatre

TorontoPlay it by ear!

Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Kevin Frank; The Second City

TorontoThe Second City guide to the symphony

Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Steven Reineke; Colin Mochrie; The Second City
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Arvo Pärt’s Angel Music: poignant performances from the Scottish Ensemble and Vanishing Point

Tabula rasa © Hugh Carswell
What is it about Arvo Pärt’s ‘Angel Music’ that appeals to the dying? Vanishing Point’s theatre and Scottish Ensemble’s playing combine to produce a thoughtful and poignant performance.  
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Thieving Magpie doesn’t quite take flight at La Scala

Alex Esposito (Fernando), Michele Pertusi (Il podestà) and Rosa Feola (Ninetta) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
La gazza ladra celebrates its 200th anniversary with a new production at La Scala, an earthbound effort from director Gabriele Salvatores, but it was Riccardo Chailly who drew the wrath of sections of the Milanese audience. 
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Garsington's Dream devoid of magic

Forbes Masson (Bottom) and Oliver Johnstone (Puck) © Mark Douet
Garsington’s first collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company married an abridgement of Shakespeare’s play with Mendelssohn’s incidental music, a union which promised much but which stumbled awkwardly.
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'Song in a Strange Land'

Shari Washington Rhone © Joe Lambie
Song in a Strange Land is an evocative blend of concert jazz dance, jazz music, and literary texts layered to tell diasporic and lived memories of African Americans.
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Komische Oper Berlin's Flute is indeed magic

Dominik Köninger (Papageno)  ©  Iko Freese
Die Zauberflöte is a work whose outward simplicity masks internal complexity and even contradictions. Mozart’s music is childishly tuneful and yet reaches for the classically sublime; Emmanuel Schikaneder’s libretto alternates a magical quest story out of a German storybook with Masonic claptrap and secondhand Voltaire.
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