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Performer: Milan Siljanov

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MunichTimon of AthensWorld premiere

Timon of Athens
Francesconi: Timon of Athens
Kent Nagano; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; Toby Spence; Jochen Kupfer

MunichHänsel und Gretel

© Wilfried Hösl
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Friedrich Haider; Richard Jones; Bavarian State Opera; John Macfarlane; Tara Erraught; Corinna Scheurle

MunichDie Zauberflöte

© Wilfried Hösl
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; August Everding; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Martin Mitterrutzner; Christiane Karg
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MunichDer FreischützNew production

Weber: Der Freischütz
Antonello Manacorda; Dmitri Tcherniakov; Bavarian State Opera; Elena Zaitseva; Gleb Filshtinsky; Golda Schultz; Anna Prohaska
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Sometimes a flute is just a flute: Die Zauberflöte in Munich

Die Zauberflöte © Wilfried Hösl (2017)

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives once again a beloved production, with a first rate cast.

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“Esultate!” Otello a musical triumph in Munich

Anja Harteros (Desdemona) and Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) © Wilfried Hösl (2018)
Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the “Royal couple” of the Bayerische Staatsoper, enchant and melt hearts as the doomed lovers in Verdi’s late masterpiece.
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Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Michael Volle and Klaus Florian Vogt demonstrate that they are indeed master singers in Munich, despite adversity, in a revival of David Bösch's contemporary production.
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
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A searing Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk in Munich

Anja Kampe (Katerina) and Anatoli Kotscherga (Boris) © Wilfried Hösl
Harry Kupfer's vivid and enlightening production came alive by soprano Anja Kampe's courageous performance and by conductor Oksana Lyniv's briliant direction.
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A surrealist Minotaur and devils in tutus

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is firing on all cylinders with this double bill of rare surrealist operas by Martinů.
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