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Performer: Dorottya Láng

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Verdi: Falstaff
Pinchas Steinberg; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Olga Bezsmertna
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Eros in Oxford: Brahms, Janáček and gypsies

Dorottya Láng © Shirley Suarez
Julius Drake’s torrential postlude capped an evening in which he had been superb throughout.
****1
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Sara Mingardo leads a strong cast in Hamburg Ulisse

Sara Mingardo (Penelope) © Monika Rittershaus
Willy Decker's production, presented in Zürich in 2014, is revived at the Hamburgische Staatsoper with most of the same cast
****1
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Staff issues: Mozart's Figaro in Hamburg

Wilhelm Schwinghammer (Figaro) © Karl Forster (2015)
Mozart's very notes become servant to the cause in an ingenious staging of Le nozze di Figaro by one of today's most esteemed directors.
****1
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Transcendental Song: Mark Padmore and Christianne Stotijn at Vienna's Konzerthaus

Dichterliebe is a Lieder programme staple but performances of Schumann’s anti-song cycle, the Op. 39 Liederkreis, are much harder to come by. The latter work fascinates me more, with its themes, in the twelve Eichendorff poems carefully selected by Schumann, of broken, alienated subjects longing for that from which they are cut off, namely love, nature, and some guarantee of existential wellbeing.
****1
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Elihau Inbal mit Mahlers Achten in der Elbphilharmonie

Eliahu Inbal © ZChrapek
Mit Mahlers Achter reizten die Musikerinnen und Musiker der Staatsoper Hamburg alle Reserven aus. Der Akustik der Elbphilharmonie drohte am Schluss sogar der Kollaps, weil Eliahu Inbal insgesamt viel zu laut musizieren ließ.
***11
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