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Performer: Esther Bialas

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BerlinDie Zauberflöte

© Iko Freese
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan De Souza; Suzanne Andrade; Komische Oper Berlin; Esther Bialas; Barrie Kosky; Paul Barritt

StuttgartDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Hossein Pishkar; Barrie Kosky; Oper Stuttgart; Esther Bialas; Mingjie Lei; Josefin Feiler
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Das Wunder der Heliane makes long-awaited US debut

Aušrinė Stundytė (Heliane) © Stephanie Berger
Although Bard's production is only intermittently successful, the chance to hear this Korngold rarity live should be savored.
***11
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Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

Sarah Tynan (Hanna) © Clive Barda
ENO's Merry Widow is big, brash, and more than a touch juvenile – but it's the most fun one can have at the opera.
****1
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La Cenerentola in Edinburgh: comic direction to savour

Taylor Stayton, Nikolay Borchev, Michèle Losier, Renato Girolami © Xavi Montojo
Herheim pulls us in unexpected directions, makes us laugh and makes us think as we enjoy fine Rossinian music and singing in Opéra de Lyon's production.
****1
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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More croce than delizia in Kramer’s new Traviata

Claudia Boyle (Violetta) © Catherine Ashmore
Despite the entertainment value and striking imagery, Kramer's production is a surprisingly dull affair, with curiously little chemistry between the lead couple.
**111
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