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BerlinLes Contes d'Hoffmann

© Monika Rittershaus
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Alevtina Ioffe; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Katrin Lea Tag; Diego Leetz; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinMy Fair Lady

© Iko Freese
Loewe: My Fair Lady
Peter Christian Feigel; Andreas Homoki; Komische Oper Berlin; Frank Philipp Schlößmann; Mechthild Seipel; Arturo Gama; Franck Evin

BerlinKatya KabanovaNew production

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Janáček: Katya Kabanova
Giedrė Šlekytė; Jetske Mijnssen; Komische Oper Berlin; Julia Katharina Berndt; Dieuweke van Reij; Mark Vandenesse; Simon Berger

BerlinPierrot LunaireNew production

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Schoenberg: Pierrot Lunaire
Christoph Breidler; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Valentin Mattka; Katrin Kath; Dagmar Manzel; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinLa traviata

© Iko Freese
Verdi: La traviata
Ainārs Rubiķis; Nicola Raab; Komische Oper Berlin; Madeleine Boyd; Annemarie Woods; Linus Fellbom; Simon Berger
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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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