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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

AmsterdamRequiemWorld première

Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Brzóska, Bryars
David Dawson; Dutch National Ballet; Matthew Rowe; Eno Henze; Yumiko Takeshima; Altin Kaftira

AmsterdamThe Second ViolinistNew production

The Second Violinist
Dennehy: The Second Violinist
Ryan McAdams; Enda Walsh; Dutch National Opera; Jamie Vartan; Joan O'Clery; Adam Silverman; Jack Phelan

New York CityTwo Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

© Dawoud Bey
Joseph Joubert; Jason Moran; Alicia Hall Moran; Lawrence Brownlee; Pastor Smokie Norful

Bern7. Matineekonzert: Goldberg-Variationen

Bach: Goldberg Variations, BWV988
György Zerkula; Julia Malkova; Christina Keller-Blaser; Judith Schlosser

ViennaTurandot

Puccini: Turandot
Domingo Hindoyan; Marco Arturo Marelli; Vienna State Opera; Dagmar Niefind; Anna Smirnova; Alfred Kim

New York CityAmerican Composers Orchestra

© Richard Bowdit
Feldman, Coates, Du Yun
American Composers Orchestra; George Manahan; Helga Davis; Ali Sethi; Shayna Dunkleman; Khaled Jarrar
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A great Requiem premieres at Dutch National Ballet

Dutch National Ballet in Requiem © Hans Gerritsen
Dawson impresses most where the dynamic between utter stillness and his lyrical movements is greatest, and Bryers has composed a beautiful and meditative series of compositions
****1
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Barbed wire fences and gas masks: Wozzeck in Sydney

Michael Honeyman (Wozzeck) © Keith Saunders
Kentridge’s use of video technology creates another, highly complex, visual score next to Berg’s sonic one.
****1
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Degout and Devieilhe star in Hamlet revival

Sabine Devieilhe (Ophélie) and Stéphane Degout (Hamlet) © Vincent Pontet
Hamlet lives! Ambroise Thomas' operatic take on The Bard has a particularly French ending but that doesn't spoil this terrific revival in Paris. 
****1
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An Aida that strips away the Egyptian iconography

Imelda Drumm (Amneris), Manfred Hemm (Ramfis), Graeme Danby (King) and Gwyn Hughes Jones (Radamès) © Pat Redmond
Michael Barker-Caven sets Aida in a 21st-century war zone in the Middle-East, allowing the audience to focus on the human drama.
*****
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Strange and stirring Satyagraha at LA Opera

Sean Panikkar (Gandhi) © Cory Weaver
After appearances in London and New York, Phelim McDermott's bold and imaginative production of Philip Glass’ Satyagraha arrives in Los Angeles.
****1
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Verdi's fifth opera can be considered a blueprint for Trovatore and deserves a more regular place in the repertoire, but it needs more sincere advocacy than Bechtolf is prepared to grant.
***11
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