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BerlinLohengrinNew production

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

ParisFaustNew production

Gounod: Faust
Lorenzo Viotti; Tobias Kratzer; Opéra national de Paris; Rainer Sellmaier; Benjamin Bernheim; Stephen Costello

MunichLearNew production

Lear
Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke
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MunichLearNew production

Reimann: Lear
Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Christoph Marthaler; Bavarian State Opera; Anna Viebrock; Dorothee Curio; Christian Gerhaher; Angela Denoke

BerlinLohengrinNew production

Roberto Alagna (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus
Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Bettina Auer
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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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Lise Davidsen leads a revolutionary Fidelio at Covent Garden

Lise Davidsen (Leonore) © ROH | Bill Cooper
An outstanding role debut from Davidsen, a star-studded vocal cast and a revelatory orchestral performance make a Beethoven anniversary performance to savour.
*****
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Love, intrigue… and black paint-play: Luisa Miller at ENO

Elizabeth Llewellyn (Luisa) and Solomon Howard (Wurm) © Tristam Kenton
Verdi and Schiller lose out to Barbora Horáková in a new staging for English National Opera. 
***11
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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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Andreas Schager triumphs in Bieito's Tannhäuser

The lack of shock value in Calixto Bieito’s interpretation of Wagner's Tannhäuser premiering at the Vlaamse Opera in Ghent could almost be seen as a disappointment. All the more surprising then was the romantic intimacy created in this superlatively sung production.
****1
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Eiskaltes Verwirrspiel: The Snow Queen an der Bayerischen Staatsoper

The Snow Queen © Wilfried Hösl
Andreas Kriegenburg inszeniert Hans Abrahamsens Oper als erstaunlich schlüssiges Beziehungsdrama aus der Psychiatrie.
*****
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