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Performer: Allison Oakes

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BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Die Walküre

Wagner: Die Walküre
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Vitalij Kowaljow; Allison Oakes

BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Siegfried

Wagner: Siegfried
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Stefan Vinke; Allison Oakes

BrisbaneThe Ring Cycle: Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Philippe Auguin; Chen Shi-Zheng; Opera Australia; Anita Yavich; Allison Oakes; Stefan Vinke
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Konieczny's Wanderer outstanding in Siegfried in Budapest

Gerhard Siegel (Mime), Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Gábor Kotschy, Müpa Budapest
Müpa's Ring sees all-round musical excellence for a third night in row, which will be remembered more than the various distracting miscues in the staging.
****1
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
****1
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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
****1
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Twilight zone: a stirring Bayreuth Götterdämmerung

Frank Castorf's controversial but supremely well-cast Ring cycle is provocative to the last.
****1
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Castorf’s visually stylish Götterdämmerung brings no resolution

At the end, there was a profusion of boos and applause for the creative team: Castorf and co had given us a Ring cycle that was by turns infuriatingly indulgent, interestingly provocative, visually beautiful, puzzling and rewarding.
****1
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Die Walküre: the triumph of love over spectacle

Frank Castorf's Soviet-era farm-setting does not obtrude on the emotional core of Wagner's Die Walküre, with excellent performances from Johan Botha, Anja Kampe and Claudia Mahnke, with superlative playing from the Festival Orchestra.
****1
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