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Performer: Okka von der Damerau

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MunichDaniel Harding conducts Mahler

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding; Katharina Konradi; Okka von der Damerau; Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir
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Sometimes a flute is just a flute: Die Zauberflöte in Munich

Die Zauberflöte © Wilfried Hösl (2017)

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives once again a beloved production, with a first rate cast.

****1
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Once more around the catwalk: Audi's Walküre in Amsterdam

Michael König (Siegmund) and Eva-Maria Westbroek (Sieglinde) © DNO 2019
Dutch National Opera revives Pierre Audi's acclaimed Die Walküre for the very last time.
*****
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Stupendous Tristan und Isolde in Cleveland

Gerhard Siegel and Nina Stemme © Roger Mastroianni, Courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary with a memorable concert performance of Tristan und Isolde with magnificent Nina Stemme.
*****
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A commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

Tara Erraught (Carlotta), Brenda Rae (Aminta) and Pavol Breslik (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Barrie Kosky’s clever direction enlivens a Strauss rarity at the Bayerische Staatsoper but the minimalist stage setting sinks HMS Schweigsame Frau.
***11
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A stunning Götterdämmerung in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Nina Stemme (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
An exceptional musical performance was enhanced by a streamlined but ultimately moving staging in an evening of near perfection in Dresden.
****1
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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