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Performer: Detlef Giese

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BerlinLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Daniel Barenboim; Vincent Huguet; Staatsoper Berlin; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Gyula Orendt; Elsa Dreisig
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Stag do: David Bösch's loveless Lustige Weiber at the Staatsoper

René Pape (Sir John Falstaff) © Monika Rittershaus
Barenboim conducts Otto Nicolai's Falstaff opera with a warmth and affection that is sorely lacking on stage. 
***11
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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Modified rapture: Tcherniakov's new Tristan

Andreas Schager (Tristan) and Anja Kampe (Isolde) © Monika Rittershaus
A passionless staging of Wagner's masterpiece throws cold water on Barenboim's fiery conducting at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Disturbing scenes: Staatsoper reopens with a messy Faustian hybrid

Sven-Eric Bechtolf (Mephistopheles), Katharina Kammerloher (Sorge) und Roman Trekel (Faust) © Hermann und Clärchen Baus
Jürgen Flimm's take on Schumann's Faust Scenes offers no solutions to self-imposed problems at the Staatsoper unter den Linden's glitzy reopening.
**111
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Wim Wenders successful dive into opera

Olga Peretyatko (Leïla) © Donata Wenders
Internationally acclaimed film director Wim Wenders and Daniel Barenboim give their debut with a rarely played opera by Georges Bizet.
****1
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Magnificent music and opulent visuals

Michael Rotschopf (Arthur), Ferdinand Kraemer (Young Arthur) and Max Urlacher (Oswald) © Ruth Walz
Under the baton of René Jacobs, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin dazzles in the Staatsoper's production of Purcell's "dramatick opera". 
****1
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