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Performer: Dan Karlström

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LeipzigCarmen

© Tom Schulze
Bizet: Carmen
Matthias Foremny; Lindy Hume; Oper Leipzig; Dan Potra; Kathrin Göring; Rinat Shaham

LeipzigDer fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Ulf Schirmer; Michiel Dijkema; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Jula Reindell; Iain Paterson

LeipzigHänsel und Gretel

© Kirsten Nijhof
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Ulf Schirmer; Birgit Eckenweber; Oper Leipzig; Matthias Foremny; Christoph Gedschold; Alexander J Mudlagk

LeipzigRusalka

© Kirsten Nijhof
Dvořák: Rusalka
Christoph Gedschold; Michiel Dijkema; Oper Leipzig; Jula Reindell; Magdalena Hinterdobler; Gal James

LeipzigLa fanciulla del West

© Tom Schulze
Puccini: La fanciulla del West
Ulf Schirmer; Cusch Jung; Oper Leipzig; Karin Fritz; Meagan Miller; Karine Babajanyan
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Salonen's Helsinki Rheingold celebrates Finnish vocal talent

Jukka Rasilainen (Alberich) © Ralph Larmann
For any opera house, the production of a new Wagner Ring cycle is a huge undertaking and becomes a mission statement. For Finnish National Opera, its mission is to stage an all-Finnish Ring.
*****
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Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Rheingold: a Finnish tour de force

Tommi Hakala © Arne Hyckenberg
In an unusually convincing concert performance, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Finnish National Opera emphasised the lyrical aspects of Wagner's Das Rheingold.
*****
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Butterfly's castle: Puccini soars at Savonlinna

Sae-Kyung Rim (Cio-Cio-San) and Mikael Kohi © Soila Puurtinen
There is a reason that Butterfly has the highest blub factor in the repertory, for it is not only for Cio-Cio-San that we weep, but for ourselves. 
****1
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Kullervo at the Savonlinna Festival

Rusanen (Kullervo), Birthe Wingren (Blind Singer), Karlström (Kimmo), and Hannu Forsberg (Kalervo) © Soila Puurtinen, Itä-Savo
Kari Heiskanen's questionable production of Sallinen's bleak opera is revived with a superb cast under the nuanced baton of Hannu Lintu.
****1
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Magnificent singers, orchestra and production in a Leipzig Siegfried

Rúni Brattaberg (Fafner) © Tom Schulze
Siegfried in Leipzig succeeds on all fronts: an engaging production, a great ensemble of singers and a well-conducted orchestra.
****1
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