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Performer: Christopher Ventris

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ZürichAufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny

© T+T / Tanja Dorendorf
Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Thomas Søndergård; Sebastian Baumgarten; Zurich Opera; Barbara Ehnes; Joki Tewes; Doris Soffel; Cameron Becker
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Bleak and hopeless: William Kentridge's Wozzeck at the Met

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Despite theatrical drawbacks, this Wozzeck is heartily recommend due to Yannick Nézet-Séguin's staggering understanding of all facets of Berg's score.
****1
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Mahagonny in Zurich: a tale of excess and depravity

Annette Dasch (Jenny Hill) © Tanja Dorendorf
The backstory doesn’t bode well: three fugitive criminals decide to found a city that will pander to society’s most vital needs: food, sex, warfare, and alcohol.
***11
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Prom 29: Twilight of the Old Believers

Semyon Bychkov conducts Khovanshchina © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Semyon Bychkov turned in a magisterial account of Mussorgsky's rugged score, aided and abetted by some strong vocal performances.
****1
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Audi's spectacular Parsifal at DNO

With its monumental sets designed by Anish Kapoor, Pierre Audi’s abstract Parsifal at Dutch National Opera is spectacular, led by the excellent Christopher Ventris, with Günther Groissböck shining in his role debut as Gurnemanz. 
****1
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Great singing, but overwrought staging in Der Freischütz

A feast for the eyes in Zurich, but is the visual stimulation in Herbert Fritsch's production of Der Freischütz just too much?
***11
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Die Walküre blazes at Bayreuth

Singing, orchestral playing and scenic portrayal all combine to make a highly memorable second instalment of Wagner's Ring.
*****
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