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Performer: Jinxu Xiahou

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ViennaL'elisir d'amore

Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Evelino Pidò; Otto Schenk; Vienna State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Regula Mühlemann; Jinxu Xiahou

ViennaNabucco

Verdi: Nabucco
Guillermo García Calvo; Günter Krämer; Vienna State Opera; Petra Buchholz; Falk Bauer; Plácido Domingo; Tatiana Serjan
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Defiant Domingo's Macbeth wins them over at the Staatsoper

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
At 78, Domingo rages against the ravages of time, and – certainly in this production – shows the next generation a thing or two about stagecraft.
***11
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Mistrust, rage and colonialism: Otello at the Staatsoper

Aleksandrs Antonenko (Otello) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
During the “Salce” and “Ave Maria” in Act Four Bezsmertna turned this to magical effect, thinning out and floating her shimmering soprano into gossamer threads.
***11
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Bringing a picnic to the poltergeist

Luca Pisaroni (Leporello) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Jean-Louis Martinoty’s scenically seductive Don Giovanni comes as a welcome relief from recent Regietheater aberrations. 
***11
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Viennese tradition: Anja Harteros in Rosenkavalier

Anja Harteros (The Marschallin) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Otto Schenk's Vienna production of Der Rosenkavalier has been mounted 366 times since its 1968 inauguration and there is definitely no demand for a new one.
***11
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Räth's Macbeth enjoys a bloody première in Vienna

Bravo to the Haus am Ring for a bloody good night of music, drama and beauty – an excellent first première of the season.
****1
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