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Performer: Michael Kraus

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LondonProm 51: The Magic Flute

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ryan Wigglesworth; David Portillo; Sofia Fomina; Björn Bürger; Brindley Sherratt

GenevaSaint François d'Assise

Messiaen: Saint François d'Assise
Jonathan Nott; Adel Abdessemed; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Christof Hetzer; Claire de Sévigné; Denzil Delaere

MunichDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kirill Petrenko; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Meentje Nielsen; Wolfgang Koch; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller

GlyndebourneDie ZauberflöteNew production

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Ryan Wigglesworth; Renaud Doucet; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; André Barbe; David Portillo; Sofia Fomina; Brindley Sherratt
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
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Fledermaus debuts at La Scala but misses some sparkle

Act 3, Die Fledermaus © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The Temple of Opera has opened its doors to operetta. For the first time the Teatro alla Scala is staging Johann Strauss' Die Fledermaus.
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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.
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Downhill from Venusberg: a bland Tannhäuser

Peter Seiffert (Tannhäuser) and Sophie Koch (Venus) © ROH | Clive Barda
Tim Albery's 2010 production of Tannhäuser, receiving its first revival at Covent Garden, begins with a stylish opening 20 minutes, but thereafter things become rather bland. 
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A compelling Lohengrin in Zurich

In a new production of Wagner's Lohengrin, conductor Simone Young and stage director Andreas Homoki, along with an extraordinary cast, engineered a superb performance.
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