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Performer: Kay Stiefermann

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LeipzigLohengrinNew production

Lohengrin
Wagner: Lohengrin
Ulf Schirmer; Katharina Wagner; Oper Leipzig; Marc Löhrer; Thomas Kaiser; Michael Weinius; Kathrin Göring

LeipzigDas Rheingold

© Tom Schulze
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Ulf Schirmer; Rosamund Gilmore; Oper Leipzig; Carl-Friedrich Oberle; Nicola Reichert; Iain Paterson; Tuomas Pursio

LeipzigGötterdämmerung

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Ulf Schirmer; Rosamund Gilmore; Oper Leipzig; Carl-Friedrich Oberle; Nicola Reichert; Jonathan Stoughton; Lise Lindstrom

BayreuthTannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Axel Kober; Tobias Kratzer; Rainer Sellmaier; Lise Davidsen; Ekaterina Gubanova
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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser), Elena Zhidkova (Venus) and Manni Laudenbach © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yesterday, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where devotees of Richard Wagner converge annually from all over the world, opened its doors again for this year’s festival. Traditionally presented on the first evening, the new production for this season was Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (to use the opera’s full name), presented to a capacity audience.
***11
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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.
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Stars and the score shine in The Count of Luxembourg

Kay Stiefermann (René, Graf von Luxemburg) and Romana Noack (Angèle Didier) © Hans Jörg Michael
Baritone Kay Stiefermann steals hearts at the eponymous Count of Luxembourg, in an operetta so charming that neither musical missteps nor a mixed-up staging can sink it.
***11
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Operetta on a count: Lehár in Düsseldorf

Bo Skovhus, Cornel Frey, Lavinia Dames © Hans-Jörg Michel
A musically classy, rip-roaring staging of Der Graf von Luxemburg - a seasonal treat at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein.
*****
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Imprisoned by love: Bayreuth's Tristan und Isolde

Despite a miscast Isolde, Wagner's operatic monument to love makes its mark in the production by the composer's great-grandaughter.
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