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Performer: Kristiina Poska

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Vienna goes to Broadway for ENO's Merry Widow

ENO's Merry Widow is big, brash, and more than a touch juvenile – but it's the most fun one can have at the opera.
****1
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Shadows and energy, ghosts and pomposity

The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under Kristiina Poska strain, discharge energy and ultimately make magic at the annual Estonian Music Days.
****1
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A man’s world: Bieito’s Carmen revived in Oslo

The revival of Calixto Bieito's Carmen in Oslo proves a bumpy ride, with uneven singing and orchestral playing, saved by Katarina Bradić's captivating portrayal of the title heroine.
***11
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Komische Oper’s Die Zauberflöte enchants

The Komische Oper production of Die Zauberflöte is a modern classic: absolute magic conjured by Barrie Kosky and the team from 1927 theatre.
*****
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Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream opens the season at the Komische Oper

Signs of birth and death – but moreso death – flash continuously through the Latvian director Viestur Kairish’s new production of Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which opened the Komische Oper Berlin’s 2013/14 season.
***11
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Komische Oper Berlin's Flute is indeed magic

Die Zauberflöte is a work whose outward simplicity masks internal complexity and even contradictions. Mozart’s music is childishly tuneful and yet reaches for the classically sublime; Emmanuel Schikaneder’s libretto alternates a magical quest story out of a German storybook with Masonic claptrap and secondhand Voltaire.
****1
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