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Performer: Manuela Uhl

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MadridLa prohibición de amar

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (The Ban on Love),
Ivor Bolton; Kasper Holten; Teatro Real; Steffen Aarfing; Christopher Maltman; Ilker Arcayürek
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Nostalgia and neurosis as Die tote Stadt returns to the Semperoper after nearly a century

In a score that can be a Technicolor wallow, Jurowski’s sure sense of dramatic pulse and balance, encompassed the brash dance rhythms, religious grandeur, vivid tone painting and the extremes of dissonance.
*****
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A shocking Strauss Elektra in Naples

A reading full of emotion from conductor Juraj Valčuha sets up one of the best San Carlo Orchestra’s performances of this season.
****1
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Elektra: A family feud extraordinaire at the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Elektra, as performed during the Deutsche Oper Berlin Strauss-Wochen: Such gorgeous music, we will all want to dance ourselves to death.
****1
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Nobody expects Wagnerian comedy: Das Liebesverbot

Kasper Holten's new production fails to convince about the alleged virtues of Wagner's outcast comic opera.
**111
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La Verdi: Mahler 8

Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 had not been heard in Milan for 27 years. Tonight, Riccardo Chailly returned to perform the “Symphony of a Thousand” with his former band, the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
*****
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Hong Kong Opera's riveting tribute to Wagner in The Flying Dutchman

Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman is a tale not only about redemption through love, but also about the helpless plight of human beings in the face of wilful and vindictive supernatural forces. In the hands of Wagner, the mythical Dutchman, instead of being a collector of itinerant souls at sea, has become an intrepid adventurer condemned to eternal maritime wandering.
****1
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