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Performer: Aušrinė Stundytė

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MadridEl ángel de fuegoNueva producción

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Gustavo Gimeno; Calixto Bieito; Teatro Real; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Franck Evin; Sarah Derendinger

SalzburgElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Franz Welser-Möst; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Felice Ross; Kamil Polak
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Annandale-on-HudsonThe Miracle of Heliane

Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane
Leon Botstein; Christian Räth; Esther Bialas; Aušrinė Stundytė; Alfred Walker

SalzburgElektra (2020)

Strauss R.: Elektra
Franz Welser-Möst; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Felice Ross; Denis Guéguin
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Lear in Munich: brilliant performance, but lifelessly staged

A superb cast of singers is let down by Christoph Marthaler's cold, stilted staging as Reimann's Lear returns to its birthplace.  
***11
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There will be blood: Elektra in Salzburg

An Elektra conducted like Mendelssohnian fairy music, sung not shouted, just as Strauss required.
****1
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Oscar Wilde takes centre stage in Staatsoper's Salome

The Staatsoper revives a confused production by Hans Neuenfels, under the baton of Thomas Guggeis.
***11
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Das Wunder der Heliane makes long-awaited US debut

Although Bard's production is only intermittently successful, the chance to hear this Korngold rarity live should be savored.
***11
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An emotional new Tosca from Christof Loy in Helsinki

Carè, Stundytė and Pursio all shine as singers and actors in an intense, exciting production at the Finnish National Opera.
****1
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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