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Performer: Herbert Lippert

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ViennaCardillac

Hindemith: Cardillac
Michael Boder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Tomasz Konieczny; Angela Denoke

DallasFranz Schmidt's Book With Seven Seals

Schmidt: The Book of Seven Seals, oratorio for soloists, choir and orchestra
Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Fabio Luisi; Herbert Lippert; Mika Kares; Michael Schönheit; Joshua Habermann
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A vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna staged the first three-act performance of Lulu with Willy Decker adding to his 2000 production, with excellent singing contributing to its success.
****1
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Sin City meets silent film: Cardillac

Cardillac has a spooky, sinister fascination that both intrigues and horrifies and which is quite successfully expressed in this striking production by Sven-Eric Bechtolf.
****1
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Simon Rattle begins his Vienna Ring journey

Vienna Staatsoper revived Wagner's Ring Cycle with a splendid orchestral performance of Das Rheingold led by Sir Simon Rattle.
****1
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Khovanshchina: A musical feast at the Staatsoper

Khovanshchina offers ample opportunity for massive, haunting and grandiose vocal display,  beautifully realized by a remarkable cast led by Ain Anger, Elena Maximova and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
***11
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Salome in Vienna

When Richard Strauss first wrote Salome, he was unable to get it performed in his home city of Vienna, so shocking was the material with its heavy eroticism and necrophiliac ending (the première was in Dresden). A century on, times are more permissive, and Salome features in the seasons both of Vienna's Volksoper and of the Staatsoper, where we saw it last night.
**111
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