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BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Iko Freese
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan De Souza; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Esther Bialas; Barrie Kosky; Paul Barritt

ZürichAnna Karenina

© Gregory Batardon
Rachmaninov: Anna Karenina
Christian Spuck; Ballett Zürich; Ballett Zürich Junior Company; Paul Connelly; Jörg Zielinski; Emma Ryott

MadridIn MemoriamWorld première

In Memoriam
Various: In Memoriam
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; Gioia Masala; Dominique Drillot; Hedi Slimane; Gilles Delmas

ZürichAmerikaNew production

Amerika
Haubenstock-Ramati: Amerika
Gabriel Feltz; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Christina Schmitt; Paul Curievici; Mojca Erdmann

BerlinIl barbiere di Siviglia

© Monika Rittershaus
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Elisa Gogou; Kirill Serebrennikov; Komische Oper Berlin; Alexej Tregubov; Ilya Shagalov

BerlinJim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer

© Monika Rittershaus
Kats-Chernin: Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer
Ivo Hentschel; Christian von Götz; Komische Oper Berlin; Lukas Noll; Alfred Mayerhofer; Maximilian Hagemeyer

ZürichAufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

© T+T / Tanja Dorendorf
Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Thomas Søndergård; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Joki Tewes; Doris Soffel; Cameron Becker
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Konwitschny’s controversial Don Carlos a must-see in Vienna

Malin Byström (Elisabeth de Valois) and Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
A five-hour operatic marathon as the full, five-act French version of Verdi's epic Don Carlos returns to the Staatsoper after a seven-year hiatus. 
*****
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Die Csárdásfürstin in Zürich: acerbic wit and winning music

Annette Dasch (Sylva) © Toni Suter
Kálmán's operetta brilliantly updated to the super-rich of today, with starry singing from Annette Dasch and Pavol Breslik.
****1
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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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Il trovatore proves a masterpiece even without staging

Vincenzo Milletarì © Tabocchini Zanconi
In a reduced concert performance of Il trovatore the drama unfolds with the force of music alone.
***11
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There will be blood: Elektra in Salzburg

Aušrinė Stundytė (Elektra) © Bernd Uhlig | Salzburger Festspiele
An Elektra conducted like Mendelssohnian fairy music, sung not shouted, just as Strauss required.
****1
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Macerata's Don Giovanni: a yellow cab to hell

Tommaso Barea (Leporello), Mattia Olivieri (Don Giovanni) and Valentina Mastrangelo (Donna Elvira) © Tabocchini Zanconi
Livermore's staging implies two different storylines – do we only see the result of Don Giovanni's hallucinations?
****1
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François Girard's new Fliegende Holländer disappoints at The Met

Evgeny Nikitin (Holländer) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
François Girard’s production presents the moody, stormy atmosphere of Norwegian seascapes with stunning visuals, but offers few fresh ideas on the doomed love between the Dutchman and Senta.
***11
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