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Performer: Markus Brück

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AmsterdamVerdi's Aida

Dutch National Opera (De Nationale Opera)
Verdi: Aida
Andrea Battistoni; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Dutch National Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Gleb Filshtinsky; Anita Rachvelishvili
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A defiant Deutsche Oper's reduced open-air Rheingold

Padraic Rowan (Donner/Froh), Tobias Kehrer (Fafner), A. Schlicht (Fricka), Flurina Stucki (Freia) © Bernd Uhlig
Deutsche Oper Berlin returns in rousing style with a pared-down, open-air Rheingold on its “Parkdeck”.
****1
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Verdi Wars: Frank Castorf’s Forza del destino at Deutsche Oper

Russell Thomas (Don Alvaro) and Markus Brück (Don Carlo) © Thomas Aurin

Audience uproar brings a much needed sense of theatre to a disappointing production of Verdi’s middle-period epic.

**111
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Hansel and Gretel reloaded in Zurich

Marina Prudenskaya (Witch) © T+T/Tanja Dorendorf
Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hänsel und Gretel has appeal for all ages, but Robert Carsen’s production is a different take on the beloved fairy tale.
***11
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Everybody loves David: Handel’s Saul at Glyndebourne

Karina Gauvin (Merab), Anna Devin (Michal), Iestyn Davies (David) and Allan Clayton (Jonathan) © Bill Cooper
Barrie Kosky's punchy, visually exhilarating take on Saul, with Iestyn Davies as a sublime David, makes for a powerful evening of drama at Glyndebourne.
****1
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Carmen the butcher at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Clémentine Margaine (Carmen) © Marcus Lieberenz
Stage director Ole Anders Tandberg casts Carmen as the leader of a gang of human organ dealers.
***11
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Imaginative Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Tannhäuser © Bettina Stöss (2014)
The production was interesting but at times distracting, but the musical performances triumphed. 
****1
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