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Performer: Angelika Kirchschlager

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ZürichSweeney Todd

© Monika Rittershaus
Sondheim: Sweeney Todd
David Charles Abell; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Michael Levine; Annemarie Woods; Sir Bryn Terfel; Angelika Kirchschlager

DresdenKirchschlager – Dorfer – Drake »Tod eines Pudels«

© Nikolaus Karlinsky
Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Korngold, Mahler, Poulenc, Schubert, Schumann
Angelika Kirchschlager; Alfred Dorfer; Julius Drake
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Theater an der Wien premieres Christian Jost's Egmont

Edgaras Montvidas (Count Egmont) and Bo Skovhus (Duke of Alba) © Monika Rittershaus
Keith Warner directs a new opera which packs in betrayal, murder, oppression, freedom, love and the Spanish Inquisition into a mere 90 minutes.
****1
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Sweeney Todd: Zurich ventures into a bloody musical

Bryn Terfel (Sweeney Todd) and Barry Banks (Pirelli) © Monika Rittershaus
Hats off to Andreas Homoki, Artistic Director at the Zurich Opera House, for staging a musical around “the chill of ghostly shadows”.
***11
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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A shark with shiny teeth

Requiring trained opera singers to focus primarily on acting and asking actors to sing in a renowned opera house puts everyone out of their comfort zone, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
***11
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A tangled knot: Milhaud’s La mère coupable

I have no objection per se with naked women bathing in blood, masturbating to crucifixes or being flagellated by priests in confessional booths, but only if it somehow aids understanding of the story
**111
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Everything and the kitchen sink in Vienna's Woods

Every operatic ingredient was thrown into the pot for H.K. Gruber's Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald (Tales from the Vienna Woods), but do too many cooks spoil this operatic broth?
***11
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