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Performer: Elena Zhidkova

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ViennaRusalka

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Dvořák: Rusalka
Tomáš Hanus; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Kristine Opolais; Piotr Beczała
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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser), Elena Zhidkova (Venus) and Manni Laudenbach © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yesterday, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where devotees of Richard Wagner converge annually from all over the world, opened its doors again for this year’s festival. Traditionally presented on the first evening, the new production for this season was Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (to use the opera’s full name), presented to a capacity audience.
***11
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg (2008)
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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Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

Elena Zhidkova (Marie) and Johan Reuter (Wozzeck) © Marcus Lieberenz
The passion of Alban Berg's music under Donald Runnicles fights against a disjointed production by Ole Anders Tandberg.
***11
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Dampened fire: Don Carlo at the Deutsche Oper

Don Carlo © Barbara Aumüller
Anja Harteros takes a while to hit her stride in a Don Carlo that doesn't quite gel.
***11
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

Torsten Kerl (Énée) © Hans Jörg Michel (2016)
A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
***11
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