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Performer: Nikolai Schukoff

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Aix-en-ProvenceGrandeur et décadence de la ville de Mahagonny

Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Esa-Pekka Salonen; Ivo van Hove; An D'Huys; Karita Mattila; Alan Oke; Sir Willard White

MadridCiclo sinfónico: Arrancarse los ojos

Ciclo sinfónico: Arrancarse los ojos
Stravinsky, Poulenc
Orquesta Nacional de España; Josep Pons; Stéphanie d'Oustrac; Nikolai Schukoff; Francisco Vas; José Antonio López

AmsterdamAufstieg und Fall der Stadt MahagonnyNew production

Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny
Weill: Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny
Markus Stenz; Ivo van Hove; Dutch National Opera; Jan Versweyveld; An D'Huys; Doris Soffel; Alan Oke

MadridThe PassengerNew production

The Passenger
Weinberg: The Passenger
David Afkham; David Pountney; Teatro Real; Johan Engels; Marie-Jeanne Lecca; Daveda Karanas; Amanda Majeski
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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

Greer Grimsley (Dutchman) © Philip Newton
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

Peter Moltzen (Samiel) and Anna Prohaska (Ännchen) © Katrin Ribbe
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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