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ValenciaTristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Mikko Franck; Àlex Ollé; Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia; Alfons Flores; Josep Abril; Elena Pankratova; Stephen Gould
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A luxuriant Tristan und Isolde Act 2 from Noseda and the NSO

Stephen Gould (Tristan) and Christine Goerke (Isolde) © Scott Suchman

Wagner’s Liebestod-laden second act proves the ideal opera snapshot in Washington DC. 

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The ultimate love story: Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in Budapest

Allison Oakes (Isolde) and Peter Seiffert (Tristan) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
As part of the annual Wagner festival in the Hungarian capital, Peter Seiffert and Allison Oakes star as the doomed lovers.
****1
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An unforgettable Parsifal in Berlin

Nina Stemme, Simon Rattle, Stuart Skelton and the Berlin Philharmonic © Monika Rittershaus
After staged performances in Baden Baden, the Berlin Phil's Parsifal is presented in concert at the Philharmonie, with a couple of key cast changes. 
*****
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Dieter Dorn’s Parsifal brings the full Monty to Monsalvat

Ruxandra Donose (Kundry) © Monika Rittershaus
Dieter Dorn’s staging robbed Wagner’s final masterwork of magic and mystery while Simon Rattle set new speed records.
***11
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Herheim’s lavish Vêpres siciliennes returns

Michael Volle (Montfort) and Bryan Hymel (Henri) © ROH | Bill Cooper
A mural depicting Etna erupting is the only hint of Sicily in Stefan Herheim’s opulent staging, returning to Covent Garden for the first time since the Royal Opera’s Verdi bicentenary celebrations in 2013. 
****1
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A glorious Meistersinger at La Scala

Michael Volle (Hans Sachs) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Daniele Gatti is the winner of the night, managing to draw an astounding outcome from a far from ideal cast.
****1
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