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Performer: Mirella Hagen

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BudapestBudapest Festival plays Beethoven and Strauss

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Budapest Festival Orchestra
Beethoven, Strauss R.
Budapest Festival Orchestra; Iván Fischer; Tünde Szabóki; Roberto Saccà; Samantha Gaul; Mirella Hagen
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Beethoven and slimline Strauss in Budapest

Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra © Budapest Festival Orchestra
The tiniest orchestral details were discernible with tremendous clarity. 
****1
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen, son of Nibelung dwarf, Alberich.
***11
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Inspired Ritorno d’Ulisse at the Concertgebouw

René Jacobs © Josep Molina
Under the baton of René Jacobs, B’rock Orchestra gave an inspired performance  that ought to contribute in giving Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria the place it deserves in the standard repertoire.
*****
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Castorf’s visually stylish Götterdämmerung brings no resolution

At the end, there was a profusion of boos and applause for the creative team: Castorf and co had given us a Ring cycle that was by turns infuriatingly indulgent, interestingly provocative, visually beautiful, puzzling and rewarding.
****1
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Fashionable crocs? Postmodern games in Castorf’s Siegfried

Castorf's anarchic take on Siegfried pushes well beyond his treatment of the earlier parts of the Ring, and not all the heroics from Stefan Vinke, Wolfgang Koch and Catherine Foster can rescue the evening.
**111
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