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Performer: Bavarian State Opera

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MunichDer FreischützNew production

Pavel Černoch (Max), Golda Schultz (Agathe) and Kyle Ketelsen (Kaspar) © Wilfried Hösl
Weber: Der Freischütz
Antonello Manacorda; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Bavarian State Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Gleb Filshtinsky; Lukas Leipfinger; Golda Schultz

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Alessandro Carletti; Nikolaus Stenitzer

MunichLearNew production

Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke
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Tcherniakov's new Freischütz a brilliant piece of theater in Munich

Pavel Černoch (Max), Golda Schultz (Agathe) and Kyle Ketelsen (Kaspar) © Wilfried Hösl
Dmitri Tcherniakov updates the "German Romantic Opera" into a modern-day thriller with interesting twists in a musically splendid performance in Munich.
*****
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Koležnik's casino Falstaff redeemed by a powerful ending in Munich

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Falstaff makes the mistake of turning a comedy into a slapstick, but the fine ensemble have the last say as they stand in silence and defiance to face the empty auditorium.
***11
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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.

****1
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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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