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Performer: Emilio Pomàrico

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On longing and abandonment: Spuck’s Winterreise premieres in Zurich

Dancers of the Zurich Ballet in Spuck's Winterreise © Gregory Bartadon
Christian Spuck, Zurich’s ballet director has crafted a new version of Hans Zender’s adaptation of Die Winterreise
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Personal becomes political at MaerzMusik Berlin

Ensemble Resonanz © Tobias Schult
Aperghis’ migrants and a new arrangement of Janáček’s The Diary of One who Disappeared by Schöllhorn were well-handled treatments of their subject matter, yet burdened by an overwrought conceptual framework.
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Boesmans' dark Pinocchio opens Aix Festival

Marie-Eve Munger (Fairy) and Chloé Briot (Pinocchio) © Patrick Berger
If I wrote that I loved Philippe Boesmans' Pinocchio, my nose may grow a little. The 81-year old composer in collaboration with Joël Pommerat, shifts the tale far away from any cutesy Disney fantasy, returning it to the harsh reality of Carlo Collodi's original fable.
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in vain at The Rest is Noise

The London première of Georg Friedrich Haas' cult phenomenon in vain was given as part of Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival, by London Sinfonietta and conductor Emilio Pomàrico – a rhetorically brilliant performance.
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Robert Wilson stages Lachenmann's Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern at the Ruhrtriennale

Robert Wilson said, when preparing to stage Helmut Lachenmann’s deeply intricate and sensually vibrant opera Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern, that he could not imagine staging it in a typical opera house. He could not have found a better hall than the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum, a medium-sized town about an hour north-east of Düsseldorf and one of the host cities of this year’s Ruhrtriennale.
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Come dine with Trimalchio: Maderna's Satyricon at the Theater an der Wien

Born in 1920 to a Venetian bandmaster, Bruno Maderna became famous during his formative years as a violin prodigy and was told by his grandfather that he could gravitate to the mafia later in life and God would still look kindly on one who played the violin so wonderfully.
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