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BerlinDie tote Stadt (The Dead City)

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Ainārs Rubiķis; Robert Carsen; Komische Oper Berlin; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Aleš Briscein; Sara Jakubiak
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Going out with a “Boum!" at Komische Oper

Tom Erik Lie (Die Großherzogin) © Monika Rittershaus
The Komische Oper's new, socially-distanced Offenbach staging shows plenty of glitzy defiance in its brief appearance before Germany's latest lockdown. 
***11
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Kosky's Semele revived in style at the Komische Oper Berlin

Nicole Chevalier (Semele) © Monika Rittershaus (2018)
Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Semele willingly pays the price of death through transformation. 
****1
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Click bait: an effective new Traviata at the Komische Oper

Natalya Pavlova (Violetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
Nicola Raab's production doesn't quite provide the bold rethinking it promises, but stylish execution and a fine cast make for an effective modern Traviata
****1
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Nocturnal orgies versus controlled reason

Günter Papendell (Pentheus) and Sean Panikkar (Dionysus) © Monika Rittershaus
Sophisticated interpretation of The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze at the Komische Oper Berlin
*****
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Asmik Grigorian wows as Tatyana in Komische Oper Eugene Onegin

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) © Ryan Buchanan

Barrie Kosky’s visually stunning and very finely sung Eugene Onegin from Komische Oper reaches Edinburgh, a triumphant showcase for soprano Asmik Grigorian.

****1
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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***11
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