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Performer: Frank Castorf

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La forza del destino
Verdi: La forza del destino
John Fiore; Frank Castorf; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Liudmyla Monastyrska; Étienne Dupuis

StuttgartFaust

Gounod: Faust
Marc Soustrot; Frank Castorf; Oper Stuttgart; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Laura Wilde; Atalla Ayan
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Russell Thomas (Don Alvaro) and Markus Brück (Don Carlo) © Thomas Aurin

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

Atalla Ayan (Faust) and Adam Palka (Méphistophélès) © Thomas Aurin
A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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Twilight zone: a stirring Bayreuth Götterdämmerung

Stephanie Houtzeel, Christiane Kohl and Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Norns) © Enrico Nawrath
Frank Castorf's controversial but supremely well-cast Ring cycle is provocative to the last.
****1
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Croc work: Siegfried teases at Bayreuth

Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) and Ana Durlovski (Woodbird) © Enrico Nawrath
Visual references both incongruous and perceptive abound in the third instalment of Bayreuth's musically triumphant Ring cycle.
****1
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