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Performer: Dimitry Ivashchenko

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ViennaEugen OneginNew production

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Tomáš Hanus; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Vienna State Opera; Maria Danilova; Andrè Schuen; Tamuna Gochashvili
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Fidelio in Zurich: singing fine, but staging, “Nein!”

Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Andreas Schager (Florestan) © Herwig Prammer

In its revival here in Zurich, the soloists and choir of Beethoven's Fidelio give stellar vocal performances. But having done away with any real set, the opera was not without its shortcomings.

**111
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A long road to nowhere for Igor at the Bastille

Ildar Abdrazakov (Igor) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Barrie Kosky's makes a limited impact in his debut at Opéra de Paris, apart from an hallucinogenic Polovtsian Dances.
***11
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Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan

Barrie Kosky’s visually stunning and very finely sung Eugene Onegin from Komische Oper reaches Edinburgh, a triumphant showcase for soprano Asmik Grigorian.

****1
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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