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Performer: Bavarian State Opera

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MunichAlceste

Alceste
Gluck: Alceste
Antonello Manacorda; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Bavarian State Opera; Henrik Ahr; Jan-Jan Van Essche; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Dorothea Röschmann

MunichCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Constantin Trinks; Dieter Dorn; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Christiane Karg; Samantha Hankey

MunichDer fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Pinchas Steinberg; Peter Konwitschny; Bavarian State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Michael Volle; Camilla Nylund

MunichCastor et PolluxNew production

Castor et Pollux
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Ivor Bolton; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Reinhard von der Thannen; Emőke Baráth; Alix Le Saux

MunichConcerto for Orchestra / Bluebeard's CastleNew production

Concerto for Orchestra / Bluebeard's Castle
Bartók
Oksana Lyniv; Katie Mitchell; Bavarian State Opera; Alex Eales; Sussie Juhlin-Wallén; Nina Stemme; John Lundgren
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Sometimes a flute is just a flute: Die Zauberflöte in Munich

Die Zauberflöte © Wilfried Hösl (2017)

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives once again a beloved production, with a first rate cast.

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It was all a dream: an absorbing Die tote Stadt in Munich

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul) © Wilfried Hösl
With an unsurpassed cast, devoted conducting and a brilliantly imaginative staging, the Bavarian State Opera's new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt is a triumph.
*****
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Starry knight: a strong Lohengrin revival in Munich

Karita Mattila (Ortrud) and Anja Harteros (Elsa) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bavarian State Opera avoids the routine in a powerfully cast revival of Richard Jones' building-site production of Lohengrin.
****1
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“Esultate!” Otello a musical triumph in Munich

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © Wilfried Hösl (2018)
Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the “Royal couple” of the Bayerische Staatsoper, enchant and melt hearts as the doomed lovers in Verdi’s late masterpiece.
****1
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Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
While Bellini’s two-act opera Norma underscores the religious wars between the ancient Druids and Romans, it also highlights an emotive personal conflict that is veiled in deceit and cultural discrepancy.
****1
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