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Performer: Ingo Metzmacher

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Song of Destiny: Enescu's Oedipe at the Salzburg Festival

Christopher Maltman (Oedipe) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
Salzburg's new staging of Enescu's operatic epic Oedipe is a visual and musical triumph.
****1
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Tetzlaff's superb Berg with the Cleveland Orchestra

Ingo Metzmacher © Kai Beinert
Early works by Schoenberg and Webern filled out an austere program.
****1
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Musically superlative Das Floß der Medusa at DNO

Mamadou Ndiaye; Lenneke Ruiten (La Mort) © DNO 2018 | Monika Rittershaus
Ingo Metzmacher leads a musically formidable performance of Hans Werner Henze’s shipwreck oratorio. Romeo Castellucci’s staging engages the senses but remains emotionally distant.
****1
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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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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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