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Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Oper Frankfurt's revival of Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd with a homegrown cast is a devastating combination of powerful music and searing drama.
*****
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Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Camilla Nylund’s rich, ample voice bloomed in the glorious setting of the sonnet, cosseted by burnished horn playing, in Strauss' unsurpassed operatic farewell to the soprano voice.
****1
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Iain Paterson's Dutchman drops anchor in Frankfurt

Wolfgang Koch (Dutchman) and Erika Sunnegårdh (Senta) © Barbara Aumüller (2015)
Iain Paterson's house debut as the Holländer was sufficient reason to drop anchor in the Main for this revival of David Bösch's 2015 production. 
***11
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A dark and stunning new Rigoletto

Quinn Kelsey (Rigoletto) © Monika Rittershaus
Oper Frankfurt's new production of Rigoletto focuses on the dark side of the tragedy with excellent singing from the two principals.
****1
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Perfect Pelléas: Debussy's opera seduces in Frankfurt

Gaëlle Arquez (Mélisande) and Björn Bürger (Pelléas) © Barbara Aumüller
Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande is beautifully realised in Claus Guth's now classic production, revived with a new cast of principals at Oper Frankfurt.
*****
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On the Rake: Stravinsky at Oper Frankfurt

Elizabeth Reiter (Anne Trulove) © Barbara Aumüller
A largely newly cast revival of The Rake's Progress takes a while to catch fire, but when it does the results are devilishly good.
****1
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