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Performer: Michael Weinius

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LeipzigSalome

© Kirsten Nijhof
Strauss R.: Salome
Ulf Schirmer; Aron Stiehl; Oper Leipzig; rosalie; Jennifer Holloway; Elisabet Strid

LeipzigLohengrinNew production

Lohengrin
Wagner: Lohengrin
Ulf Schirmer; Katharina Wagner; Oper Leipzig; Marc Löhrer; Thomas Kaiser; Michael Weinius; Kathrin Göring

LeipzigSiegfried

© Tom Schulze
Wagner: Siegfried
Ulf Schirmer; Rosamund Gilmore; Oper Leipzig; Carl-Friedrich Oberle; Nicola Reichert; Michael Weinius; Dan Karlström
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LeedsDie Walküre Act 1

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Die Walküre
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; James Creswell; Lee Bisset; Michael Weinius

LeedsDie Walküre Act 2

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Die Walküre
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Michael Weinius; James Creswell; Robert Hayward; Lee Bisset
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Prom 43: Oramo and the BBC SO redefine tradition

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
What to put with Beethoven's greatest statement on the universality of the human spirit? The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sakari Oramo, Neil Ferris and Andreas Haefliger make a case for renewal.
***11
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An outstanding debut in new Leipzig Salome

Elisabet Strid (Salome) © Kirsten Nijhof
In a state of almost child-like transfiguration and fulfilment, Strid's voice fully encompassed the extremes of the last scene.
****1
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An outstanding Swedish Sieglinde in Stockholm

Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Markus Gårder
Stemme as Brünnhilde delivered her opening battle cry in Victorian riding habit like one of Trollope's racier fox- hunting heroines.
*****
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Nixon in China returns to Amsterdam

John Adams © Vern Evans
Nearly 30 years after its European première, Nixon in China returns to Amsterdam for an engrossing concert performance in which the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands, led by Kevin John Edusei, shines.
****1
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Thoughtfully directed, superbly played

A superb orchestral performance from Lawrence Renes and the Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra lights up Michael Cavanagh's well directed Nixon in China.
****1
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Wotan's woes mount in Opera North's Die Walküre

Kelly Cae Hogan (Brünnhilde) and Robert Hayward (Wotan) © Clive Barda
In Anna Russell's wittily deadpan analysis of Wagner's Ring cycle, she describes Wotan as “the head god” – pausing for dramatic effect before adding “and he's a crashing bore too.”
****1
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