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MunichFalstaffNew production

Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez

MunichHänsel und Gretel

© Wilfried Hösl
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Friedrich Haider; Richard Jones; Bavarian State Opera; John Macfarlane; Tara Erraught; Corinna Scheurle

MunichDie Zauberflöte

© Wilfried Hösl
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; August Everding; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Martin Mitterrutzner; Christiane Karg
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MunichFalstaffNew production

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez
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Koležnik's casino Falstaff redeemed by a powerful ending in Munich

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Falstaff makes the mistake of turning a comedy into a slapstick, but the fine ensemble have the last say as they stand in silence and defiance to face the empty auditorium.
***11
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On the plague of eternal life: a new Makropulos Affair in Zurich

Evelyn Herlitzius (Emilia Marty) © Monika Rittershaus
To outwit death and attain immortality is a dream as old as human history. But isn’t it precisely the finite nature of life that makes it so precious?
***11
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Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Michael Volle and Klaus Florian Vogt demonstrate that they are indeed master singers in Munich, despite adversity, in a revival of David Bösch's contemporary production.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Nina Stemme (Kundry) © Ruth Walz
Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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House arrested: Janáček's last opera in Munich

Bo Skovhus (Šiškov) and Chorus © Wilfried Hösl
The profusion of images and ideas in Frank Castorf's Bavarian Staatsoper production of From the House of the Dead threatens to rob Janáček's opera of its humanity.
***11
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