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Au fait with Orphée: Salzburg celebrates Offenbach's bicentenary

Martin Winkler (Jupiter) and Kathryn Lewek (Eurydice) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
The Salzburg Festival's production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld is another classic in the making from Barrie Kosky.
*****
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Skilfully constructed: Wozzeck at the Salzburg Festival

Matthias Goerne (Wozzeck) © Salzburger Festspiele | Ruth Walz
A skilfully constructed production, and one that plays with the our perspectives. Whether the images are flashbacks from a war-troubled Wozzeck or a Büchner-esque portent of the horrors to come is left for the audience to decide.
****1
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Surreal première: The Exterminating Angel

Anne Sofie von Otter, John Tomlinson, Christine Rice, Amanda Echalaz & David Adam Moore © Monika Rittershaus | Salzburger Festspiele
The Salzburg Festival audience warmly applauded Thomas Adès, Tom Cairns and all musicians for a rounded and gripping première.
****1
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Sekunde für Sekunde Ungewissheit

Die Ereignisse überschlagen sich und ebenso die Intervalle. Die Uraufführung von Hossam Mahmouds Tahrir zieht das Publikum mitten ins Geschehen und lässt es in eine Mischung aus Klangexperimenten, tonalen und atonalen Melodien fallen. 
***11
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