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« The singing this evening, from a cast of young International singers, was solid to stellar, a reminder that it is possible to enjoy an evening at the opera where genuine attention is paid not to the director’s concept but to the quality of musical performance. Ako Imamura, Bachtrack, October 2015 »
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BerlinNabucco

© Bettina Stöß
Verdi: Nabucco
Roberto Rizzi-Brignoli; Keith Warner; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Tilo Steffens; Julia Müer; Željko Lučić; Ivan Inverardi

BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Bettina Stöß
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ido Arad; Günter Krämer; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Nikolas Nägele; TBC; Andreas Reinhardt

BerlinDon Carlo

Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2013)
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Donald Runnicles; Marco Arturo Marelli; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Ido Arad; Dagmar Niefind; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo

BerlinMaria Stuarda

© Rebecca Fay Erato
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Francesco Ivan Ciampa; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Diana Damrau; Jana Kurucová; Javier Camarena; Nicolas Testé

BerlinDie FledermausNew Production

© Bettina Stöß
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Donald Runnicles; Rolando Villazón; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Thibault Vancraenenbroeck; Thomas Blondelle; Annette Dasch
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Anja Harteros (Elisabetta) © Bernd Uhlig (2013)
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Marko Mimica (Ferrando) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
****1
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Catherine Naglestad's splendid Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Catherine Naglestad (Salome) © Monika Rittershaus
Deutsche Oper Berlin's Salome was a mixed blessing: a magnificent Catherine Naglestad as the heroine, with good ensemble of singers and orchestra, but a thoughtful but far-fetched psychological interpretation.
***11
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Carmen the butcher at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Stage director Ole Anders Tandberg casts Carmen as the leader of a gang of human organ dealers.
***11
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A wing and a prayer: Le Prophète

Noel Bouley (Mathisen), Gregory Kunde (Jean), Derek Welton (Zacharie), Clémentine Margaine (Fidès) © Bettina Stöß
Oliver Py's new Meyerbeer staging offers plenty of clichés, but is a solid show, backed up by a fine musical performance.
****1
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