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Janáček: From the House of the Dead
Simone Young; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Evgeniya Sotnikova; Manuel Günther

LondonProm 58: The Sound of an Orchestra

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Joshua Weilerstein; Gerard McBurney; Mike Tutaj

RigaBolero

Bolero
Ravel
Milana Komarova; Antons Freimans; Atila Egerhazi; Aleksandra Astreina; Krzysztof Pastor; Unknown; Latvian National Ballet; Farhads Stade; Mārtiņš Ozoliņš; Florains Verhejens; Bregje van Balen

MindenDer Ring des Nibelungen – Götterdämmerung (Schulvorstellung)

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Frank Beermann; Gerd Heinz; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Thomas Mohr; Dara Hobbs

MindenDer Ring des Nibelungen – Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Frank Beermann; Gerd Heinz; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Thomas Mohr; Dara Hobbs

ViennaDer Freischütz

Weber: Der Freischütz
Sebastian Weigle; Christian Räth; Vienna State Opera; Gary McCann; Anna Gabler; Christopher Ventris

RigaČiurlionis

Čiurlionis
Čiurlionis
Giedrius Kuprevičius; Lietuvas Nacionala Opera un Baleta Treatra Viesirade; Juozas Mantas Jauniškis; Robertas Servenikas; Diana Marszałek; Julia Skrzynecka
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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On the female condition: two 20th-century operas in Turin

Anna Caterina Antonacci (Susanna) and Bruno Danjoux (Servant) © Rammella & Giannese/Piva | Teatro Regio Torino
Two different variations of the female conditions: one of 1909 and now utterly out-of-date, the second of 1959 much more ut-to-date.
****1
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Glittering Candide: a celebration at Carnegie Hall

Erin Morley (Cunegonde) © Chris Lee
Candide is a witty satiric fable, intelligent, literary but not to a fault, and vastly entertaining. Created by a team of collaborators who fell out at different times in the work’s 52 year history – at one point or another, Lillian Hellman, Richard Wilbur, John Latouche, Dorothy Parker, Stephen Sondheim and, of course, composer Leonard Bernstein had a hand in it – it is unique in the operat
*****
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Il corsaro as The life of Byron

Oksana Dyka (Gulnara) © Miguel Lorenzo and Mikel Ponce | Les Arts
Nicola Raab puts Byron at the heart of Il corsaro in her new production for the Palau de les Arts, but doesn’t always know what to do with him.
***11
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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Sensational Hungarian double bill at Müpa

Viktória Vizin and Jordan Shanahan in Senza sangue © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa Budapest
In a sensational Hungarian double bill of taut psychological drama at Müpa, Péter Eötvös' Senza sangue proves a thrilling partner to Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle.
*****
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