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Performer: Ainārs Rubiķis

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BerlinSinfoniekonzert 1: Ainārs Rubiķis und Viviane Hagner

© Koelln
Vivaldi, Tchaikovsky, Britten, Brahms
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Ainārs Rubiķis; Viviane Hagner

BerlinLa traviata

© Iko Freese
Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Nicola Raab; Komische Oper Berlin; Madeleine Boyd; Annemarie Woods; Linus Fellbom; Simon Berger

BerlinAufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Anne Kuhn

BerlinNeujahrskonzert – Cinema!

© Jan Windszus Photography
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Ainārs Rubiķis; Komische Oper Berlin

BerlinRusalka

© Iko Freese
Dvořák: Rusalka
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Klaus Grünberg; Klaus Bruns; Chor der Komischen Oper Berlin
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Click bait: an effective new Traviata at the Komische Oper

Natalya Pavlova (Violetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Nicola Raab's production doesn't quite provide the bold rethinking it promises, but stylish execution and a fine cast make for an effective modern Traviata
****1
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Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan

Barrie Kosky’s visually stunning and very finely sung Eugene Onegin from Komische Oper reaches Edinburgh, a triumphant showcase for soprano Asmik Grigorian.

****1
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Crowd-pleasers: Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky at the Jūrmala Festival

Kristīne Balanas © Pauls Zvirbulis

It’s all about the next generation: twenty-something Kristīne Balanas plays the Mendelssohn with passionate commitment and the even younger George Harliono confidently rides the Tchaikovsky steed.

***11
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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***11
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M: a murderer hiding in plain sight at Komische Oper

M – Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder © Monika Rittershaus
M – a city searches for a murderer, by Moritz Eggert and Barrie Kosky, receives its world premiere at the Komische Oper Berlin.
****1
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