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MunichTosca

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

PragueFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Lothar Koenigs; Vera Nemirova; Prague National Theatre Opera; Ulrike Kunze; Clay Hilley; Miloš Horák

MunichFidelio

© Wilfried Hösl
Beethoven: Fidelio
Markus Stenz; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Anja Kampe; Franz-Josef Selig
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Astrid Kessler nails the title role in Arabella in Zurich

Julia Kleiter (Arabella), Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk (The Fiakermilli) and chorus © Toni Suter
Using the Nazi regime as his Leitmotif, Canadian director Robert Carsen brings Richard Strauss’ Arabella to the Zurich stage. 
***11
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It was all a dream: an absorbing Die tote Stadt in Munich

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul) © Wilfried Hösl
With an unsurpassed cast, devoted conducting and a brilliantly imaginative staging, the Bavarian State Opera's new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt is a triumph.
*****
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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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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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A revelatory Frau ohne Schatten in Munich

Elena Pankratova (Barak the Dyer's Wife) © Wilfried Hösl
A musical performance of stunning quality underpins this revival of Krzysztof Warlikowski's lavish, ambiguous Strauss staging.
****1
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