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Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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Physiology, puppetry and pharmaceuticals at Theater an der Wien

Vincent Wolfsteiner (Hüon), Annette Dasch (Rezia) and Sebastian Mock (Puck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Director Nikolaus Habjan took Oberon’s inherent miscellany and ran with it, straight into a retro-futurism aesthetic.
****1
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A flawless Wozzeck for Theater an der Wien

Florian Boesch (Wozzeck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Without glitz, extravagance or the need to be expressly shocking, Robert Carsen's new production of Wozzeck at the Theater an der Wien is exceptional.
*****
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Ceaseless fire in Spontini's Olympie at the Concertgebouw

Karina Gauvin © Michael Slobodian
Jérémie Rhorer led a turbocharged performance of this rare Spontini opera, which, although it tires with its grandiose hyperbole, contains excerpts that deserve to be heard more often.
***11
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Death, Devil and naked facts in the Volksoper's Hoffman

Hoffmann goes Steampunk: Renaud Doucet’s staging for the Volksoper is the exception to the sensible rule that “less is more”.
****1
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Geronte de Ravoir runs the show in Vienna

Too many paparazzi and not enough Puccini in Robert Carsen’s Manon Lescaut in Vienna.
***11
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