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Performer: Elza van den Heever

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New York CityDie Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Herbert Wernicke; Metropolitan Opera; Patrick Furrer; Klaus Florian Vogt

MunichIl trittico

© Wilfried Hösl
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Bertrand de Billy; Lotte de Beer; Bavarian State Opera; Bernhard Hammer; Jorine van Beek; Wolfgang Koch; Elza van den Heever
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Rotterdam Philharmonic presents a fabulous Frau ohne Schatten

Die Frau ohne Schatten in concert © Jan Hordijk
Orchestra and singers reached great heights in this highly lyrical and dramatically flowing Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
*****
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Bleak and hopeless: William Kentridge's Wozzeck at the Met

Peter Mattei (Wozzeck) © Ken Howard | Met Opera
Despite theatrical drawbacks, this Wozzeck is heartily recommend due to Yannick Nézet-Séguin's staggering understanding of all facets of Berg's score.
****1
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Splendid ensemble in The Met's revival of La clemenza di Tito

Joyce DiDonato (Sesto) and Elza van den Heever (Vitellia) © Jonathan Tichler | Met Opera
The Met's revival of Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's 1984 production of La clemenza di Tito is given a new breath of life with superb conducting and an excellent ensemble of singers.
****1
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Elektra: Great success for Nina Stemme’s Lyric Opera debut

Michaela Martens (Klytaemnestra) and Nina Stemme (Elektra) © Cory Weaver

The Lyric revives Sir David McVicar’s production of Strauss’ horrific tale with a superb cast led by Swedish “helden-soprano” Nina Stemme.

****1
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Elektra's misery: up close and personal at The Met

Christine Goerke (Elektra) and Mikhail Petrenko (Orest) © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
"She commands the stage, she commands the notes, she commands the tension": Christine Goerke's portrayal of Elektra haunts The Met. 
*****
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