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Performer: Michael König

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BerlinAntikristNew production

Langgaard: Antikrist
Stephan Zilias; Ersan Mondtag; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Thomas Lehman; Jörg Schörner

HamburgSymphoniker Hamburg / Europa Chor Akademie / Tilling

© Maxim Schulz
Gubaidulina: Über Liebe und Hass
Hamburg Symphony Orchestra; Joshard Daus; Rachel Nicholls; Europa Chor Akademie Görlitz; Michael König

ParisNeuvième de Beethoven, Mikko Franck

Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 in D minor "Choral", Op.125
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Joris Derder; Sally Matthews; Olga Borodina; Michael König; Mikhail Petrenko

MilanTeatro alla Scala Chorus and Orchestra

Chailly, Beethoven
Filarmonica della Scala; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; Claudia Huckle; Michael König; Vitalij Kowaljow
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Once more around the catwalk: Audi's Walküre in Amsterdam

Michael König (Siegmund) and Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde) © DNO 2019
Dutch National Opera revives Pierre Audi's acclaimed Die Walküre for the very last time.
*****
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Ariadne in Milan: the director cannot find the thread

Ariadne auf Naxos © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Frederic Wake-Walker sticks to a vapid pop-parody that demeans the intellectual message of Strauss' Ariadne auf Naxos.
***11
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Demons and angels: Der Freischütz at La Scala

Michael König (Max) and Gunther Groissböck (Kaspar) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Hartmann's staging takes a bizarre twist in the end since so far the staging had followed the naïve story very faithfully without any weird implications.
****1
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A shadow of Fidelio in Madrid

Adrianne Pieczonka and Anett Fritsch shone in an otherwise disappointing opening night, impaired by poor conducting and unimpressive staging.
**111
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“Six shall obey, the seventh betray"

With thrilling sets and clever direction of the actors, the latest Dresden production of Weber’s Der Freischütz, that most German of all operas, struck a neat balance between tradition and kitsch
****1
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