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Performer: Elena Pankratova

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BerlinDie Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Simone Young; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Christian Schmidt; Olaf Winter; Eric Cutler

ValenciaTristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Mikko Franck; Àlex Ollé; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Alfons Flores; Josep Abril; Elena Pankratova; Stephen Gould
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Puccini is Calaf in Wiener Staatsoper's Turandot

Roberto Alagna (Puccini/Calaf) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
A pleasurable evening of surprises in Marco Arturo Marelli’s Turandot.
****1
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Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Bayreuth take on Parsifal

Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Despite its enigmatic details, Bayreuth's Parsifal reaches a cathartic climax. 
****1
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Bayreuth's Lohengrin lacks electricity

Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yuval Sharon's production returns to Bayreuth in a musically compelling performance. 
***11
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Guth's FroSch arrives at Unter den Linden

Sarah Grether (Weiße Gazelle) and Camilla Nylund (Die Kaiserin) © Hans Jörg Michel (2017)
Guth's incisive staging of Strauss and Hofmannsthal's grandest opera proves a moving and detailed experience at its transfer to the reopened Staatsoper. 
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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