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Performer: Mária Celeng

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Garbage bins and shopping trolleys

Zsolt Haja (Father), Helga Nánási (Gretel), Gabriella Balga (Hänsel) and Atala Schöck (Mother) © Valter Berecz | Hungarian State Opera
A new production of Humperdinck's charming opera fails to enchant at the Erkel Theatre. 
***11
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Don Giovanni in Munich

Sophie Mitterhuber (Zerlina, different cast) and Mathias Hausmann (Don Giovanni) © Thomas Dashuber
An impressive cast, lively orchestra and a few twists in the tale made this an exciting Don Giovanni from the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz.
***11
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Strauss's Die Liebe der Danae returns to Salzburg

Strauss' penultimate opera is treated to a lavish if superficial staging at the Salzburg Festival, but the real rewards come from the musical performance of this unjustly neglected work.
****1
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Wilson's stunning Poppea at La Scala

Pared-down sets and minimal stagework draw eyes and ears forward in concentration. Whilst the text is at times searingly erotic, Nero and Poppea never touch.
****1
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An intoxicating L'elisir d'amore in Munich

If you let yourself be transported to director David Bösch’s strange world, you'll find an Elisir d'amore that is heartbreaking and uplifting by turns.
****1
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Così fan tutte par De Keersmaeker : à la recherche de l'équilibre

© Christophe Pelé | Opéra national de Paris
Travaillant sur l'harmonie, l'équilibre et la question de l'attraction dans ce Cosí, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker propose une vision toute singulière de cette oeuvre dont la misogynie certaine ne saurait être gommée ou normalisée.
****1
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