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Performer: Callum Thorpe

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MunichLa bohème

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: La bohème
Eun Sun Kim; Otto Schenk; Bavarian State Opera; Rudolf Heinrich; Jonas Kaufmann; Benjamin Bernheim

MunichTimon of AthensWorld premiere

Timon of Athens
Francesconi: Timon of Athens
Kent Nagano; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; Toby Spence; Jochen Kupfer

MunichFalstaffNew production

Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez
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MunichFalstaffNew production

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez

MunichIdomeneoNew production

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Constantinos Carydis; Antú Romero Nunes; Bavarian State Opera; Phyllida Barlow; Matthew Polenzani; Emily D'Angelo; Olga Kulchynska
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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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The Dutch premiere of A Village Romeo and Juliet

Sir Mark Elder © Russell Hart
Gorgeous playing under Sir Mark Elder wasn’t enough to mask the lack of theatrical drive in the scrupulously cast Dutch premiere of Delius’ most successful opera.
***11
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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Giulio Cesare in Londra with the marvellous EOC

Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
Anna Devin's Cleopatra moved with complete conviction for scheming minx to mature woman in love.
*****
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A commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

Tara Erraught (Carlotta), Brenda Rae (Aminta) and Pavol Breslik (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Barrie Kosky’s clever direction enlivens a Strauss rarity at the Bayerische Staatsoper but the minimalist stage setting sinks HMS Schweigsame Frau.
***11
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