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Performer: Johannes Leiacker

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ZürichDon Pasquale

© Monika Rittershaus
Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Sesto Quatrini; Christof Loy; Zurich Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Barbara Drosihn; Pietro Spagnoli; Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk

LeipzigL'elisir d'amore

© Kirsten Nijhof
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Felix Bender; Rolando Villazón; Oper Leipzig; Johannes Leiacker; Thibault Vancraenenbroeck; Olga Jelínková; Bianca Tognocchi

ValenciaCavalleria rusticana & Pagliacci

Mascagni, Leoncavallo
Jordi Bernàcer; Giancarlo del Monaco; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Johannes Leiacker; Birgit Wentsch; Sonia Ganassi; Jorge de Léon
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BarcelonaDon Giovanni

Veronique Gens como Donna Elvira © A. Bofill | Gran Teatre del Liceu
Mozart: Don Giovanni
Josep Pons; Christof Loy; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Johannes Leiacker; Ursula Renzenbrink; Olaf Winter; Christopher Maltman

BerlinFrancesca da RiminiNew production

Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
Carlo Rizzi; Christof Loy; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Johannes Leiacker; Klaus Bruns; Olaf Winter; Dorothea Hartmann
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Konwitschny’s controversial Don Carlos a must-see in Vienna

Malin Byström (Elisabeth de Valois) and Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlos) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
A five-hour operatic marathon as the full, five-act French version of Verdi's epic Don Carlos returns to the Staatsoper after a seven-year hiatus. 
*****
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School for lovers: Loy’s bitter lessons at the Salzburg Festival

Andrè Schuen (Guglielmo), Elsa Dreisig (Fiordiligi), Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
It's difficult to believe Salzburg could have cast a finer Così in Loy's Covid-reduced production in the Großes Festspielhaus.
****1
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Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
John Osborn leads a very successful premiere of Peter Konwitschny's new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots in Dresden
****1
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg (2008)
From stylised 16th-century dress to a 1970s sitcom ballet, Konwitschny's Staatsoper staging is full of brilliantly inventive touches, splendidly realised in this excellently sung revival. 
*****
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Glorious ensembles in Dutch National Opera’s new Tannhäuser

Daniel Kirch (Tannhäuser) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Venus) © Monika Rittershaus
Orchestra and chorus reach great Wagnerian heights in this new production by Christof Loy, a study of an artist in revolt against hypocritical sexual mores.
***11
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Mob mentality: a powerful La Juive at Opera Vlaanderen

Corinne Winters (Rachel) and Ray Cornelius Smith (Éléazar) © Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
Peter Konwitschny's production strips away much of the religious symbolism, presenting the difference between Jews and Christians as little more than the dyed colour of their hands. 
****1
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