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Performer: Eberhard Friedrich

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Season finale: a disappointing ending to Bayreuth's Götterdämmerung

Despite many perceptive details, Bayreuth's new Ring culminates in a rather damp squib of an ending.
***11
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Olfactory and ocular obfuscation: The Nose in Hamburg

Kent Nagano and the forces of Staatsoper Hamburg launch their new season with a production of Shostakovich's very first opera in which the ears are beguiled but the eyes are not.
***11
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

From stylised 16th-century dress to a 1970s sitcom ballet, Konwitschny's Staatsoper staging is full of brilliantly inventive touches, splendidly realised in this excellently sung revival. 
*****
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
****1
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Are they all like that? Staatsoper Hamburg's new Così

Hamburg State Opera launches its new season with a visually overpowering but musically satisfying Così fan tutte.
****1
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Attila Jun stars in Bayreuth's Götterdämmerung

Attila Jun's outstanding Hagen and Catherine Foster's sublime Brünnhilde light up the last episode of Frank Castorf's puzzling Ring.
****1
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