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Performer: Elsa Dreisig

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ZürichManonNew production

Manon
Massenet: Manon
Marco Armiliato; Floris Visser; Zurich Opera; Dieuweke van Reij; Elsa Dreisig; Piotr Beczała

BerlinVioletter SchneeWorld première

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus
Furrer: Violetter Schnee
Matthias Pintscher; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Etienne Pluss; Ursula Kudrna; Anna Prohaska; Elsa Dreisig

ParisDon GiovanniNew production

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Philippe Jordan; Ivo van Hove; Opéra de Paris; Jan Versweyveld; An D'Huys; Étienne Dupuis; Jacquelyn Wagner
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

****1
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Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper's Hippolyte et Aricie

Reinoud Van Mechelen (Hippolyte), Anna Prohaska (Aricie), Staatsopernchor © Karl and Monika Forster
Excellent musical performances are confounded by clumsy, unimaginative staging in Rameau's explosive first opera.
**111
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Smoke without fire: Medée fails to ignite

Sonya Yoncheva (Médée) © Bernd Uhlig
Fine musical performances meet Andrea Breth's dreary new production in a dramatically unsatisfying evening at the Staatsoper.
***11
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Between two worlds with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan

Daniel Barenboim © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s Prom with Daniel Barenboim went in search of identity and found ecstasy
****1
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Compassion and solace in Brahms’ German Requiem

Karl-Heinz Steffens © Susanne Diesner
At Sunday’s Philharmonia Orchestra concert, guest conductor Karl-Heinz Steffens paired the Requiem with the composer’s autumnal Clarinet Quintet.
*****
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