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Performer: Balázs Kovalik

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A powerful gale of sound in Budapest's Dutchman

The battle of the choirs is a thrilling moment in just about any performance of Dutchman, but produces shock and awe in the live acoustics of Budapest's Bartok Bela Concert Hall.
****1
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Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich: an unusual pasticcio

Hasse’s Artaserse in Munich was a pasticcio using music from that work to tell the story of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth and to celebrate of Anja Silja. 
***11
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An homage to Wilhelmine von Bayreuth with Hasse's Artaserse

In a pasticcio of Hasse’s Artaserse and Ezio, director Balázs Kovalik and the students of the Theaterakademie August Everding stage the life of Wilhelmine von Bayreuth.
***11
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Mixed success for Leipzig's futuristic Turandot

Balázs Kovalik's new dystopian Turandot is musically rousing but let down by a production that's more 1970s TV series than slick modern sci-fi. 
***11
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Hungarian State Opera's glossy Turandot

Excitingly conducted and largely well-sung, this sumptuous but unfussy Turandot should please both traditionalist and adventurous operagoers.  
***11
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Wagner's Flying Dutchman in Budapest

In 2015, The Flying Dutchman is on the roster at the Wagner in Budapest festival. A fine cast and an inventive orchestra under the baton of Adam Fischer are matched with a debatable staging by Balázs Kovalik
***11
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