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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

MunichTosca

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: Tosca
Asher Fisch; Luc Bondy; Bavarian State Opera; Richard Peduzzi; Milena Canonero; Anna Netrebko; Sondra Radvanovsky

MunichManon Lescaut

© Wilfried Hösl
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Marco Armiliato; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Stefan Mayer; Andrea Schmidt-Futterer; Sonya Yoncheva; Stefano La Colla
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MunichLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Asher Fisch; Otto Schenk; Bavarian State Opera; Rudolf Heinrich; Jonas Kaufmann; Rachel Willis-Sørensen

MunichDer FreischützNew production

Weber: Der Freischütz
Antonello Manacorda; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Bavarian State Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Gleb Filshtinsky; Golda Schultz; Anna Prohaska

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Marlis Petersen; Katharina Konradi
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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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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A Rosenkavalier of masterly élan

Peter Rose and Adrienne Pieczonka © Stefan Cohen
Kirill Petrenko’s second night at Carnegie Hall packed a punch as the orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper delved deep into Strauss’ score, supporting an impressive cast of singers.
****1
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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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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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Top voices, high drama in Andrea Chénier

Anja Harteros (Maddalena di Coigny) and Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Wilfried Hösl
With superb singing from Harteros, Salsi and Kaufmann, this production makes a strong case for Andrea Chénier’s continued presence in the repertoire.
****1
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