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Performer: Pavol Breslik

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ZürichDie CsárdásfürstinNew production

Die Csárdásfürstin
Kálmán: Die Csárdásfürstin (The Gypsy Princess)
Ulf Schirmer; Jan Philipp Gloger; Zurich Opera; Franziska Bornkamm; Karin Jud; Annette Dasch; Pavol Breslik

MunichL'elisir d'amore

L'elisir d'amore
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Joana Mallwitz; David Bösch; Bavarian State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Falko Herold; Aida Garifullina; Pavol Breslik

MunichFestspiel-Liederabend: Pavol Breslik

Festspiel-Liederabend: Pavol Breslik
Pavol Breslik; Amir Katz

MunichEugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Henrik Nánási; Krzysztof Warlikowski; Bavarian State Opera; Małgorzata Szczęśniak; Igor Golovatenko; Elena Stikhina

ParisMissa solemnis

Beethoven: Mass in D Major "Missa solemnis”, Op.123
Jérémie Rhorer; Mari Eriksmoen; Varduhi Abrahamyan; Pavol Breslik; Christof Fischesser
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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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Outstanding Beethoven, disappointing Berg from the LSO

Sir Simon Rattle and the LSO in Berg and Beethoven © Mark Allan
With fabulous solo singing from Pavol Breslik and Elsa Dreisig, Beethoven's only oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives turns out to be a gem. Sadly, the Berg Violin Concerto misses the mark.
****1
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Stag do: David Bösch's loveless Lustige Weiber at the Staatsoper

René Pape (Sir John Falstaff) © Monika Rittershaus
Barenboim conducts Otto Nicolai's Falstaff opera with a warmth and affection that is sorely lacking on stage. 
***11
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Folk rhythms and changing times in Dresden's Bartered Bride

Hrachuhí Bassénz (Marie) and Pavol Breslik (Hans) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah
What brought real distinction and authenticity to the evening, as so often in this house, was the outstanding playing of the Staatskapelle conducted by Tomaš Netopil. From the start of the overture with its rapidly scurrying fugato for strings and pointed phrasing from the woodwind one felt the true sense of Smetana’s Czech inflected rhythms and harmonies
***11
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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