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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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GhentPelléas et MélisandeNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Alejo Pérez; Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Opera Vlaanderen; Marina Abramović; Mari Eriksmoen; Jacques Imbrailo; Leigh Melrose

AntwerpParsifal

© Annemie Augustijns
Wagner: Parsifal
Cornelius Meister; Tatjana Gürbaca; Opera Vlaanderen; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Christoph Pohl; Károly Szemerédy

GhentLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Stefano Montanari; Michael Hampe; Opera Vlaanderen; German Droghetti; Anat Edri; Agneta Eichenholz

AntwerpLa clemenza di TitoNew Production

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
Stefano Montanari; Michael Hampe; Opera Vlaanderen; German Droghetti; Anat Edri; Agneta Eichenholz
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GhentSelon désir

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bryars
Andonis Foniadakis; Vaslav Nijinsky; Edward Clug; Édouard Lock; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; Yannis Pouspourikas; Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen

AntwerpSelon désir

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, Bryars
Andonis Foniadakis; Vaslav Nijinsky; Edward Clug; Édouard Lock; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; Yannis Pouspourikas; Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen

AntwerpMemento Mori

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Shechter, Berio
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Hofesh Shechter; William Forsythe; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen

GhentMemento Mori

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Shechter, Berio
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Hofesh Shechter; William Forsythe; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen
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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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