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Performer: Dieuweke van Reij

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Massenet: Manon
Fabio Luisi; Floris Visser; Zurich Opera; Dieuweke van Reij; Alex Brok; Vannina Santoni

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

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Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger
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Frida premieres at Dutch National Ballet

Salome Leverashvili and ensemble © Hans Gerritsen
The world premiere of Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's ballet about the legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo is unsurprisingly colourful and highly dramatic by design. 
***11
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Persistent: outstanding triple bill celebrates female choreographers

Irek Mukhamedov and Katja Khaniukova in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings © Laurent Liotardo
She Persisted is the sequel to English National Ballet's She Said, a triple bill featuring work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Stina Quagebeur and Pina Bausch. 
*****
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La Cetra dazzles in Juditha triumphans at Dutch National Opera

Gaëlle Arquez (Juditha) © Marco Borggreve

Floris Visser’s staging transforms Vivaldi’s biblical oratorio into a credible wartime drama. The young cast is proficient, and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Andrea Marcon, nothing short of miraculous.

****1
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Traetta's Antigona a forceful Baroque drama in Amsterdam

Erika Simons (Antigona) © Jörg Landsberg
Tommaso Traetta’s Antigona is given a powerful staging, although not all the voices proved big enough for its mythical subject.
***11
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Minimalistic new production of Idomeneo in Zurich

Joseph Kaiser (Idomeneo) and Anna Stéphany (Idamante) © Monika Rittershaus
In Jetske Mijnssen’s new production of Idomeneo, all order of human entanglements, sorrows and pain run rampant.
***11
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A gut-wrenching and breathtaking Orphée et Eurydice

In a ravishing and affectingly sung production, Floris Visser re-imagines the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as the efforts of a grieving psyche trying to heal its devastating wounds.
****1
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