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Performer: Hans Neuenfels

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MunichCastor et PolluxNew production

Castor et Pollux
Rameau: Castor et Pollux
Ivor Bolton; Hans Neuenfels; Bavarian State Opera; Philipp Fürhofer; Reinhard von der Thannen; Emőke Baráth; Alix Le Saux

BerlinSalome

Strauss R.: Salome
Thomas Guggeis; Hans Neuenfels; Staatsoper Berlin; Aušrinė Stundytė; Marina Prudenskaya; Vincent Wolfsteiner; Peter Sonn
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Jansons trumps Neuenfels' tame Pique Dame in Salzburg

Evgenia Muraveva (Lisa) and Brandon Jovanovich (Hermann) © Monika Rittershaus
Mariss Jansons and the Vienna Philharmonic do the real storytelling as Hans Neuenfels' staging underwhelms.
***11
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Rachvelishvili triumphs as Azucena in Berlin

Angela Meade (Leonora) and Annika Schlicht (Ines) © Bettina Stöß
In a dated production by Hans Neuenfels, conductor Giacomo Sagripanti leads a musically successful Trovatore, where Angela Meade and Anita Rachvelishvili show their vocal brilliance.
****1
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Neuenfels' bloodless Salome in Berlin

Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Hans Neuenfels new Salome proves a strangely non-committal affair at the Staatsoper, but Thomas Guggeis conducts impressively.
***11
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A sizzling myth of matricide

Evelyn Angela Gugolz (Klytaemnestra) and Georg Nigl (Orest) © Judith Schlosser
In the hands of director Hans Neuenfels, the Swiss première of Manfred Trojahn’s Orest was widely anticipated for its “splashes of gore and commensurate splatters of sound”.
*****
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Première of a jarring spectacular on ice

Rolando Villazón (Robert Falcon Scott) and Thomas Hampson (Roald Amundsen) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Despite the starriest of casts the première of Miroslav Srnka's double opera South Pole falls behind the expectations created by the media hype, but is celebrated by the audience.
***11
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