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BerlinLohengrinNew production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Roberto Alagna

ParisLa Flûte enchantée

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Cornelius Meister; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Peter van Praet

MunichAriadne auf Naxos

© Wilfried Hösl
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Erik Nielsen; Robert Carsen; Bavarian State Opera; Peter Pabst; Falk Bauer; Camilla Nylund; Jane Archibald
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Regietheater reigns supreme in Calixto Bieito's Berlin Lohengrin

Roberto Alagna (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus
Dressed in white, with an origami swan in his hand, Robert Alagna's Lohengrin is less a Grail knight than an absent-minded daydreamer.
****1
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Starry knight: a strong Lohengrin revival in Munich

Karita Mattila (Ortrud) and Anja Harteros (Elsa) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bavarian State Opera avoids the routine in a powerfully cast revival of Richard Jones' building-site production of Lohengrin.
****1
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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No protests required: Deborah Warner's Fidelio returns to La Scala

Stuart Skelton (Florestan) and Ricarda Merbeth (Leonore) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Chung's mastery of orchestral colour and texture came into its own, the brooding introduction to Act 2 making for a harrowingly apocalyptic representation of tyranny.
****1
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Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
The in-house orchestra played out of its skin under Fabio Luisi.
****1
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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