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Opera Antwerp © Ilse Liekens
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Broad repertoire for Opera Vlaanderen's new season

With bases in Ghent and Antwerp, Opera Vlaanderen offers a broad repertoire to the Flemish region of Belgium, exemplified this season by seven productions ranging from familiar classics to tasty rarities. 
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GhentLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Alejo Pérez; David Alden; Opera Vlaanderen; Paul Steinberg; Gideon Davey; Zoran Todorovich; Liene Kinča

AntwerpLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Alejo Pérez; David Alden; Opera Vlaanderen; Paul Steinberg; Gideon Davey; Zoran Todorovich; Liene Kinča

GhentSatyagraha

Glass: Satyagraha
Koen Kessels; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Opera Vlaanderen; Henrik Ahr; Jan-Jan Van Essche; Peter Tantsits; Tineke Van Ingelgem

AntwerpLes Pêcheurs de perlesNew production

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers)
David Reiland; Stef Aerts; Opera Vlaanderen; Thomas Verstraeten; Judith Van Herck; Elena Tsallagova; Charles Workman
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Miracle in a wasteland: Das Wunder der Heliane

Das Wunder der Heliane © Annemie Augustijns
At its local Antwerp première, David Bösch’s new production of Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane makes it the only house ever to have mounted twice.
*****
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Rewriting Rimsky: a dismal Sadko in Ghent

Zurab Zurabishvili (Sadko) © Annemie Augustijns
Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera is rarely performed outside Russia. Sadly, I doubt that Daniel Kramer’s staging for Opera Vlaanderen will win it many new friends.
**111
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Agrippina meets Dynasty in Antwerp

Agrippina © Annemarie Augustijns
Opera Vlaanderen revives a production of Handel's Agrippina based on American soap operas of the 1980s.
****1
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Inside the mind of the Moor with Thalheimer's Otello in Antwerp

Corinne Winters (Desdemona) and Ian Storey (Otello) © Annemie Augustijns
The unclear ideas and the excessive blackness in Thalheimer’s concept failed to convince, but Stoyanov and Joel’s presentation of Verdi’s score made up for those problems.
**111
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