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Performer: Frederic Wake-Walker

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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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Welser-Möst unveils a musically superb Ariadne auf Naxos

Tamara Wilson (Ariadne) and Andreas Schager (Bacchus) © Roger Mastroianni
Tamara Wilson was a top-notch Ariadne, supported by a strong cast, including Kate Lindsey as a passionate Composer, a thrilling Zerbinetta by Daniela Fally, and an unbeatable Bacchus in Andreas Schager.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Diego Fasolis leads a period performance of Mozart’s early masterpiece with a strong cast and a clever production.
****1
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A vaudevillian Figaro at La Scala

Markus Werba (Figaro) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano
At La Scala, Milan a disappointing tribute to Giorgio Strehler's historic staging of The Marriage of Figaro by young English director Frederic Wake-Walker. 
***11
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