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Performer: Nikolaus Lehnhoff

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DresdenRigoletto

Verdi: Rigoletto
Antonino Fogliani; Nikolaus Lehnhoff; Dresden State Opera; Raimund Bauer; Bettina Walter; Antonio Yang; Andrzej Dobber
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Chailly inaugurated at La Scala with a dark interpretation of Turandot

Riccardo Chailly kicks off his interim role as Principal Director at La Scala with Turandot, featuring Luciano Berio's ending, a score he knows like the back of his hand. 
****1
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A dream cast: Rigoletto at the Dresden Semperoper

Dating from 2008, the Semperoper’s current production of Rigoletto is quite intriguing. It’s set in what appears to be a swanky 21st-century Berlin apartment – industrial, sparse and effortlessly cool – and in many ways this is an interesting choice.
***11
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LA Opera's Flying Dutchman sails past the point

While the term “Eurotrash” gets thrown around more often than it should, it is one that has unfortunately become synonymous with many of the Wagner opera productions that take a non-traditional approach. As opera-goers go, I tend to sympathize with the directors and find that this approach can work fantastically well in bringing Wagner’s logistically impossible scenarios to life.
*1111
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Tomlinson and Skelton outstanding in the ENO's Parsifal

The ENO’s production of Parsifal, which opened last night, is a revival of their 1999 staging, directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff and conducted by Mark Wigglesworth. This is Wigglesworth's first Parsifal, and he's made a triumphant start. The fifteen minute prelude was like listening to a symphony all by itself, and I was grabbed from the very first note.
*****
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