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Performer: Nikolai Schukoff

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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
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MadridAVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Der fliegende Holländer (El holandés errante)

AVAILABLE IN SPAIN ONLY: Der fliegende Holländer (El holandés errante)
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Pablo Heras-Casado; Àlex Ollé; Teatro Real; Alfons Flores; Josep Abril; Evgeny Nikitin; Ingela Brimberg

OrangeMahler's Symphony of a Thousand

Mahler: Symphony no. 8 in E flat major "Symphony of a Thousand"
Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France; Jukka-Pekka Saraste; Meagan Miller; Ricarda Merbeth; Eleonore Marguerre; Claudia Mahnke
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Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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A free spirit: Glanert's Oceane premieres in Berlin

Nikolai Schukoff (Martin von Diercksen) and Maria Bengtsson (Oceane) © Bernd Uhlig
Based on Theodor Fontane's novel Oceane von Parceval, Detlev Glanert's eleventh opera is given its world premiere at Deutsche Oper.
****1
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Neuenfels' bloodless Salome in Berlin

Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Hans Neuenfels new Salome proves a strangely non-committal affair at the Staatsoper, but Thomas Guggeis conducts impressively.
***11
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Death in Florence: Zemlinsky and Puccini at DNO

Ausrine Stundyte (Bianca) and John Lundgren (Simone) © Matthias Baus
An unlikely coupling of one-act operas by Zemlinsky and Puccini bears fruit in a staging that reveals their thematic parallels while leaving their obvious differences on show.
****1
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An intensely riveting Flying Dutchman explodes the cliches

Christopher Alden's risk-taking, Expressionist-tinged production of the early Wagner breakthrough is provocative in all the right ways.
****1
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A dud bullet: Thalheimer’s Freischütz fires blanks

Director Michael Thalheimer staging Weber’s Der Freischütz entirely in the Wolf’s Glen, albeit relocated from a “fearsome forest gorge” to what looks like a badger’s sett. 
***11
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