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ViennaWiener Staatsballett in der Volksoper: Carmina Burana

Debussy, Ravel, Orff
Vesna Orlic; András Lukács; Boris Nebyla; Vienna State Ballet; Guido Mancusi; Alexandra Burgstaller; Reinhard Traub

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Wolfram-Maria Märtig; Hans Gratzer; Volksoper Wien; Barbara Naujok; Anja-Nina Bahrmann; Rebecca Nelsen
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Brigadoon charms in Austrian premiere at the Volksoper

Brigadoon © Barbara Palffy | Volksoper Wien
Movement was so effectively utilised in this production, with elements of ballet, modern and Scottish folk melded in true Agnes de Mille fashion.
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Death, Devil and naked facts in the Volksoper's Hoffman

Beate Ritter (Olympia), Mirko Roschkowski (Hoffmann) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
Hoffmann goes Steampunk: Renaud Doucet’s staging for the Volksoper is the exception to the sensible rule that “less is more”.
****1
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Harnoncourt's Fidelio sees a remarkable directing debut in Vienna

The Theater an der Wien has a storied history with Fidelio, having hosted the première of the work’s first and second versions in 1805 and 1806 respectively.
****1
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Sex, wine and bel canto bliss: Le Comte Ory at the Theater an der Wien

When Jean-Christophe Spinosi stepped onto the podium to conduct Le Comte Ory that night, he didn’t wait for his applause to cease, but instantly cued a hearty forte from the Ensemble Matheus, and consequently a few incredulous looks from the audience.
*****
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Mill's will get you anything – and in La cambiale di matrimonio at the Vienna Kammeroper, you can't ask for more

A father having marriage plans for his daughter of which the latter does not approve may not be the most original plot, but it has inspired operas throughout the centuries, with well-known examples being The Bartered Bride and Arabella.
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