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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

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.
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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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Wozzeck goes Norwegian at the Deutsche Oper

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

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

A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
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Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic: vigorous endeavour in Mahler's “Resurrection”

A well prepared "Resurrection" by BIPO under the baton of Sacha Goetzel which left a slightly bittersweet taste. 
***11
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