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Performer: Oper Köln

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CologneDer Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren

Hanke: Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren
Rainer Mühlbach; Brigitta Gillessen; Oper Köln; Jens Kilian; Philipp Wiechert; Gürzenich Orchestra

CologneDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Jordan de Souza; Michael Hampe; Oper Köln; German Droghetti; Andreas Grüter; Gürzenich Orchestra

CologneLucia di Lammermoor

Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Andrea Sanguineti; Eva-Maria Höckmayr; Oper Köln; Christian Schmidt; Saskia Rettig; Nicol Hungsberg; Gürzenich Orchestra
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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

Brett Dean's operatic reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet receives its German premiere in a powerful new staging by the work's librettist Matthew Jocelyn.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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An effectively unsettling The Emperor of Atlantis at Oper Köln

Though straightforward in concept, Oper Köln's production of the one-act opera written in the Theresienstadt concentration camp brought the opera's profound themes to the surface in an excellently sung performance.
***11
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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