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Performer: Günter Krämer

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A lackluster Traviata in Munich

Both the staging and the music of the Bayerische Staatsoper's Traviata disappoint.
**111
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Damrau's superb Violetta in Munich

Munich revives La traviata showcasing Diana Damrau, who is growing into one of the best Violettas to grace the opera stage today.
****1
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The Merchant of Gothenburg: the return of La Juive

La Juive, Fromental Halévy's grand opéra, makes a powerful return to Gothenburg, the same city where it received its Swedish première 150 years ago, in Günther Krämer’s stark staging. 
****1
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Fine singing and unfortunate staging at the Deutsche Oper's Magic Flute

The Magic Flute at the Deutsche Oper Berlin is an interesting, well-sung and well-performed classic. Set in an agrarian world where Sarastro is less a high priest than he is a benevolent farmer-king, Günter Krämer’s 1991 production does not subvert the opera’s problems so much as it highlights them.
***11
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A German in Paris: Siegfried at the Opéra Bastille

For those who view Wagner’s Ring Cycle in symphonic terms, Siegfried is often described as the third movement Scherzo: an episode of comedy in between the existential musings of Die Walküre and the action-packed, apocalyptic Götterdämerung. Last night’s performance at the Opéra Bastille in Paris gave us plenty of high comedy and much more besides.
****1
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La Traviata at the Munich OpernFestspiele

La Traviata is such a warhorse that we often forget how many issues it raises for presenting a staging that can convince us of what is in the first analysis a quite ludicrous story, despite Verdi's veristic intentions.
***11
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