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BerlinUn ballo in maschera

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Nikolas Nägele; Götz Friedrich; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Gottfried Pilz; Yosep Kang; Markus Brück
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Friedrich’s classic Ballo revived in Berlin

Un ballo in maschera © Marcus Lieberenz (2016)
Conductor Ivan Repušić leads a successful revival of Verdi’s playful masterpiece, with a solid cast.
***11
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Deutsche Oper's Un ballo in maschera

Etienne Dupuis (Anckarström)and Jorge de León Gustavo) © Marcus Lieberenz (September 2016 cast)
People who claim that opera is nothing more than a glorified pantomime would have their prejudices confirmed at Deutsche Oper Berlin's Un ballo in maschera. This is, however, high praise. It’s an evening of camp entertainment, not a philosophy lesson.
****1
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A tartan Falstaff in Munich

The Merry Wives of Windsor – relocated to Scotland – sing beautifully, as does their wooer, Falstaff. But it's not clear why they're in Scotland in the first place, or how the rest of the staging fits the opera.
***11
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Elīna Garanča stars in a touching Rosenkavalier

Michaela Kaune, Albert Pesendorfer, Eun Yee You and Elīna Garanča transported the audience to a lost time and place, even while embodying their characters’ ultimate timelessness. 
****1
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Peter Grimes an der Wiener Staatsoper

Elza van den Heever (Ellen Orford) und Stephen Gould (Peter Grimes) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper
Stephen Gould brilliert bei seinem Rollendebüt an der Wiener Staatsoper mit einem stupenden Peter Grimes.
***11
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