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Performer: Nadja Mchantaf

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BerlinSinfoniekonzert 2: Ainārs Rubiķis, Isabelle Faust und Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Sinfoniekonzert 2: Ainārs Rubiķis, Isabelle Faust und Marie-Elisabeth Hecker
Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, Brahms
Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin; Ainārs Rubiķis; Isabelle Faust; Marie-Elisabeth Hecker; Nadja Mchantaf

EdinburghEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Ainārs Rubiķis; Barrie Kosky; Komische Oper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Günter Papendell; Michael Nagy
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When death is an old-fashioned portrait

Nadja Mchantaf (Mimì), Günter Papendell (Marcello) and Vera-Lotte Böcker (Musetta) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
The new version of La bohème at the Komische Oper Berlin follows a hard Verismo-beat.
****1
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Pelléas et Mélisande: Kosky's sleep-talking, nightmare

Pelléas et Mélisande © Monika Rittershaus
There’s no doubt that Mélisande endeavours to escape past troubles when she first appears in Barrie Kosky’s production of Debussy’s opera, yet Nadja Mchantaf is no reticent, wispy maiden. Every vocal and physical gesture – always precise and penetrating – displays an atypically forthright quest for vitality, something that Arkel’s chauvinistic world does not readily offer.
*****
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Kosky's compelling Onegin returns to the Komische Ope

Asmik Grigorian (Tatyana) and Günter Papendell (Onegin) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de (2016)
Tchaikovsky's opera packs a powerful emotional punch in the Komische Oper's concentrated and dreamlike production.
****1
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La Fenice's superb new Widow is always Merry, even without sequins and ostrich feathers

Christoph Pohl (Count Danilo) © Michele Crosera
Damiano Michieletto's new production in Venice sets the operetta in the 1950s. 
*****
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A dark and brooding Pelléas et Mélisande at the Komische Oper

© Monika Rittershaus
Introspected and atmospheric, this late romantic opera appeals to the psychotherapists within us.
****1
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