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Performer: Deutsche Oper am Rhein

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DüsseldorfDer Kaiser von Atlantis

© Hans Joerg Michel
Ullmann: The Emperor of Atlantis (Der Kaiser von Atlantis)
Axel Kober; Ilaria Lanzino; Deutsche Oper am Rhein; Emine Güner; Anke Krabbe; Kimberley Boettger-Soller
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Duisburg’s Don Carlos rescued from a devastating deluge

Ketevan Kemoklidze, Bogdan Baciu, Bogdan Taloş, Eduardo Aladrén, Olesya Golovneva, Hans-Peter König © Andreas Endermann and Kerstin Kühne

What do you do when 80 tonnes of water flood your theatre, your sets and costumes? Rescue, reshape and present what you can. That’s what Deutsche Oper am Rhein have had to do in Duisburg.

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All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

Valer Barna-Sabadus (Xerxes) and Torben Jürgens (Ariodates) © Hans Jörg Michel
A revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Handel's Xerxes in Düsseldorf makes for a rip-roaring evening of theatrical comedy.
****1
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Stars and the score shine in The Count of Luxembourg

Kay Stiefermann (René, Graf von Luxemburg) and Romana Noack (Angèle Didier) © Hans Jörg Michael
Baritone Kay Stiefermann steals hearts at the eponymous Count of Luxembourg, in an operetta so charming that neither musical missteps nor a mixed-up staging can sink it.
***11
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Between two worlds: Wozzeck in Düsseldorf

Cornel Frey (Andres) and Bo Skovhus (Wozzeck) © Karl Forster
Stefan Herheim's eagerly awaited production of Berg's Wozzeck distances us from the emotional heart of the tragedy by portraying the story as a hallucinatory death-room experience.
****1
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Die Zauberflöte in Düsseldorf

Thorsten Grümbel (Sarastro) and Johannes Preißinger (Monostatos) © Hans Jörg Michel
Animated characters are the real stars of an imaginative production of The Magic Flute. 
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Opera inside out: Ariadne auf Naxos

Karine Babajanyan (Ariadne) © Florian Merdes
A well-sung revival of a witty and supremely theatrical production of Strauss’ operatic exposé.
****1
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