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Performer: Dresden State Opera

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DresdenDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Omer Meir Wellber; Andreas Kriegenburg; Dresden State Opera; Harald Thor; Tanja Hofmann; Ildebrando D'Arcangelo; Christoph Pohl

DresdenNabuccoNew production

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Verdi: Nabucco
Omer Meir Wellber; David Bösch; Dresden State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Andrzej Dobber; Saioa Hernández

DresdenLa bohème

Puccini: La bohème
Daniele Callegari; Christine Mielitz; Dresden State Opera; John Fiore; Speranza Scappucci; Peter Heilein

DresdenLes HuguenotsNew production

Meyerbeer: Les Huguenots
Alexander Vedernikov; Peter Konwitschny; Dresden State Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Venera Gimadieva; Štěpánka Pučálková

DresdenDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Moritz Gnann; Achim Freyer; Dresden State Opera; Felix Krieger; Christoph Gedschold
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Nabucco marks a successful debut of Saioa Hernández as Abigaille

Saioa Hernández (Abigaille) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
Saioa Hernández leads a solid cast in Dresden in a somewhat disappointing new production by David Bösch.

***11
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Folk rhythms and changing times in Dresden's Bartered Bride

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
What brought real distinction and authenticity to the evening, as so often in this house, was the outstanding playing of the Staatskapelle conducted by Tomaš Netopil. From the start of the overture with its rapidly scurrying fugato for strings and pointed phrasing from the woodwind one felt the true sense of Smetana’s Czech inflected rhythms and harmonies
***11
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A miraculous Ariadne auf Naxos in Dresden

Krassimira Stoyanova (Ariadne) and Stephen Gould (Bacchus) © Ludwig Olah
Christian Thielemann led a memorable performance of Strauss's chamber opera Ariadne auf Naxos with a strong cast in a new straightforward production by David Hermann.
*****
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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