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Performer: Marko Letonja

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Nina Stemme returns triumphantly to Hobart

Marko Letonja, Nina Stemme and John Lundgren with the Tasmanian SO © Brad Harris
Nina Stemme returns to Hobart and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra under Marko Letonja, with an all-Wagner concert, ably assisted by Swedish bassJohn Lundgren 
*****
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Ragnarök: the long twilight of the Stockholm Ring

Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) and Ola Eliasson (Gunther) © Markus Gårder
Ragnarök: the Swedish title for Götterdämmerung resonates with Old Norse folk memories of universal inundation and overthow of the order of the gods.
****1
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Siegfried as Swedish Midsummer Vigil

Lars Cleveman (Siegfried) and John Lundgren (Wanderer) © Markus Gårder
A performance of Wagner's Siegfried stands or falls by its titular hero and Lars Cleveman is highly experienced. 
****1
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An outstanding Swedish Sieglinde in Stockholm

Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Markus Gårder
Stemme as Brünnhilde delivered her opening battle cry in Victorian riding habit like one of Trollope's racier fox- hunting heroines.
*****
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A highly accomplished start to Stockholm's Ring

John Lundgren (Wotan) and Johan Edholm (Alberich) © Markus Gårder
John Lundgren, bullet-headed, youthful and overbearing, gave a world-class performance as Wotan. 
****1
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