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Performer: Kurt Rydl

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TokyoJohann Strauss Ⅱ: Die Fledermaus

Johann Strauss Ⅱ: Die Fledermaus
Strauss II: Die Fledermaus
Christopher Franklin; Heinz Zednik; New National Theatre; Olaf Zombeck; Yuji Tatsuta; Daniel Schmutzhard
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Sublime singing in Scenes from Goethe's Faust

Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra © Jan Hordijk
Soloists and choir, headed by a spellbinding Christian Gerhaher, brought real lustre to Schumann’s treatment of Goethe’s magnum opus.
****1
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Putting frippery before Freud

Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
The current stage-setting of Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper proves that “all that’s Glittenberg” is not gold.
***11
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Verdi’s family drama: Die Räuber at the Volksoper

Boaz Daniel (Francesco) and Sofia Soloviy (Amalia) © Barbara Pálffy | Volksoper Wien
In the city of Freud there is nothing like a bit of family drama to put one in the mood for a great season of opera!
***11
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An unforgettable Götterdämmerung

Iréne Théorin provides a spellbinding immolation scene, while Adam Fischer conjures a flawless orchestral performance to conclude Budapest's Der Ring des Nibelungen.
*****
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ROH: Turandot revival

In 1984, I went to Covent Garden to see Andrei Serban's production of Turandot and was bewitched. Thirty years, fifteen revivals and a wealth of opera-going later, I was bewitched all over again by Nicola Luisotti's rendering of the score.
*****
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Nederlandse Opera: Götterdämmerung

As the year of Wagner’s bicentennial approaches its end, De Nederlandse Opera concludes its latest revival of Pierre Audi’s Ring cycle with his 1998 production of Götterdämmerung.
****1
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