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ViennaMadama Butterfly

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Graeme Jenkins; Josef Gielen; Vienna State Opera; Tsugouharu Foujita; Sae-Kyung Rim; Fabio Sartori
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Cross-dressing abounds: Gluck's Armide

Armide © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Excellent playing from Les Musiciens du Louvre and a mixed vocal performance are matched by a staging by Ivan Alexandre likely to be controversial.
**111
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La Juive at Wiener Staatsoper

Those who are able would be wise to scare up a ticket for Shicoff’s swansong – it would be a shame to miss an historic performance. 
****1
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Ariadne auf Naxos dismantled at the Salzburg Festival

Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Ariadne auf Naxos was first performed in 1912, in a production directed by Max Reinhardt. Unlike the version usually seen today, this first Ariadne was a long-winded play-opera-ballet hybrid, incorporating a full production of Molière’s Le bourgeois gentilhomme with dances to incidental music by Strauss followed by the short opera.
****1
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María Teresa Leva debuta con éxito como Cio-Cio-San

© A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Madama Butterfly se presenta en Gran Teatre del Liceu en la producción de Leiser y Caurier en una velada con cambios en el reparto que Jorge de León y María Teresa Leva resolvieron por todo lo alto.
***11
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Schnee und Schrecken: Rusalka in Wien

Krassimira Stoyanova (Rusalka) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Klangliche Schönheit bei wenig emotionaler Aufregung in einer Inszenierung, die mehr Fragen aufwirft, als sie beantwortet.
****1
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