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Performer: Karl-Heinz Lehner

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PragueTristan und IsoldeNew production

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Karl-Heinz Steffens; Keith Warner; Prague State Opera; Boris Kudlička; Kaspar Glarner; Magdalena Anna Hofmann; Heiko Börner
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All hands on Decker for Das Rheingold in Dresden

Albert Dohmen (Alberich) © Klaus Gigga
Wagner demands vocal resilience from the large cast of singers in Das Rheingold, but Willy Decker wants strong thigh muscles as well.
***11
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Into the abyss: a harrowing Wozzeck in Oslo

Asmik Grigorian (Marie) and Audun Iversen (Wozzeck) © Erik Berg
Christoph Loy's Oslo production of Wozzeck is a dramatic triumph, with gripping performances from a cast led by Audun Iversen's desperate title character.
*****
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Bayreuth welcomes a new Parsifal

Uwe Eric Laufenberg sets his new staging of Wagner's final opera among the persecuted Christians of the contemporary Middle East – but avoids preaching.
****1
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Croc work: Siegfried teases at Bayreuth

Visual references both incongruous and perceptive abound in the third instalment of Bayreuth's musically triumphant Ring cycle.
****1
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Frank Castorf’s Ring returns to Bayreuth

Bayreuth's controversial Ring returns with a new conductor and a refreshed cast.
****1
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Alles Leben ist Leiden: Tristan und Isolde an der Oper Köln

Peter Seiffert (Tristan) und Ingela Brimberg (Isolde) © Bernd Uhlig
Die Neuinszenierung Wagners Musikdrama steht in Patrick Kinmonths Inszenierung ganz im Zeichen der Philosophie Schopenhauers.
****1
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