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Performer: Alexander Milev

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BrusselsPikovaya DamaNew production

Tchaikovsky: The Queen of Spades (Pique Dame)
Nathalie Stutzmann; David Marton; De Munt | La Monnaie; Christian Friedländer; Pola Kardum; Dmitry Golovnin; Anna Nechaeva
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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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Cavalli's La Calisto returns to Munich

Christiane Karg (Calisto) © Wilfried Hösl
A flamboyant production and a wonderful cast of singers seals a big success for this gem of the early Baroque.
****1
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Beautiful role debut for Malin Byström in Amsterdam Salome

Malin Byström (Salome) © BAUS
In an elegant new production by Ivo van Hove, Malin Byström portrays a graceful, erotic Salome and the RCO play with sensuous lyricism under Daniele Gatti.
****1
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Wozzeck in Geneva: grit and light

Mark Stone (Wozzeck) © GTG | Carole Parodi
A strong, compelling staging – coherent in aesthetic and philosophy, if a little restrained in performance. 
****1
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Too many greys in Geneva's Falstaff

Franco Vassallo (Falstaff) and chorus © Carole Parodi
A huge revolving grey monolith centre stage dominated a grey floor, grey props and men in grey costumes, all detracting from the gaiety Verdi envisaged as the essence of Falstaff.
***11
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