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Performer: Gyula Orendt

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MadridLessons in Love and Violence

Lessons in Love and Violence
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
Josep Pons; Katie Mitchell; Teatro Real; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Georgia Jarman

BerlinCosì fan tutte

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Daniel Barenboim; Vincent Huguet; Staatsoper Berlin; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Elsa Dreisig; Marianne Crebassa

BerlinLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Daniel Barenboim; Vincent Huguet; Staatsoper Berlin; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Gyula Orendt; Elsa Dreisig
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Ruth Berghaus’ timeless Barbiere still charms at Unter den Linden

Jennifer Rivera (Rosina) and Colin Lee (Almaviva) © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Marianne Crebassa and Maxim Mironov shine in a revival of Rossini’s masterpiece, for an evening of great fun.
***11
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Duplicity and deceit as Così returns to The Royal Opera

Serena Malfi (Dorabella) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
Everyone is in the know in Jan Philipp Gloger's “School for Lovers”, receiving its first revival at Covent Garden. 
****1
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Violetter Schnee: Snowy apocalypse at the Staatsoper Berlin

Violetter Schnee © Monika Rittershaus

The world is sinking in "Violet Snow", as the opera by Beat Furrer, directed by Claus Guth, is given its world premiere at the Staatsoper unter den Linden. 

****1
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Too many mirrors spoil the Staatsoper's Hippolyte et Aricie

Gyula Orendt (Thésée), Peter Rose (Pluton), Roman Trekel (Tisiphone) © Karl and Monika Forster
Excellent musical performances are confounded by clumsy, unimaginative staging in Rameau's explosive first opera.
**111
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Lessons in Love and Violence: ice and drama

Barbara Hannigan (Isabel), Stéphane Degout (King), Gyula Orendt (Gaveston) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
George Benjamin and Martin Crimp's second full scale opera is a refinement of the craft showed in Written on Skin – but the lessons are less in love and violince than in power, tension and beauty of the score.
****1
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A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

Max Emanuel Cenčić (Nerone) and Anna Prohaska (Poppea) © Bernd Uhlig
The Staatsoper's new L'incoronazione di Poppea is serious, intelligent but short on fire.
***11
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