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BerlinLohengrinNew production

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

BerlinJenůfaNew production

Janáček: Jenůfa
Sir Simon Rattle; Damiano Michieletto; Staatsoper Berlin; Paolo Fantin; Carla Teti; Camilla Nylund; Evelyn Herlitzius

BerlinLe nozze di FigaroNew production

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Daniel Barenboim; Vincent Huguet; Staatsoper Berlin; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Gyula Orendt; Elsa Dreisig
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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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Why, why, why Dalila? More disappointment at Unter den Linden

Brandon Jovanovich (Samson) and Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Matthias Baus
Daniel Barenboim conducts an underwhelming cast in the Staatsoper's new Samson et Dalila, and Argentinian director Damián Szifron's operatic debut is stale and cliché-ridden. 
**111
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Stag do: David Bösch's loveless Lustige Weiber at the Staatsoper

René Pape (Sir John Falstaff) © Monika Rittershaus
Barenboim conducts Otto Nicolai's Falstaff opera with a warmth and affection that is sorely lacking on stage. 
***11
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Fiery, formidable Boris Godunov at the Concertgebouw

Pablo Heras-Casado © Fernando Sancho
This year’s NTR ZaterdagMatinee concert series in Amsterdam kicked off with a Boris Godunov that left nothing to be desired.
*****
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Pappano conducts Britten's War Requiem in Berlin

Ian Bostridge © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Britten's War Requiem at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden with Antonio Pappano conducting
****1
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Sparks fail to fly at the Staatsoper Berlin's new Macbeth

Plácido Domingo (Macbeth) and Anna Netrebko (Lady Macbeth) © Bernd Uhlig
Anna Netrebko shines opposite Plácido Domingo in Harry Kupfer's uncertain new production.
***11
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