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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

ZürichEugene Onegin

© Monika Rittershaus
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Kirill Karabits; Barrie Kosky; Zurich Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Klaus Bruns; Gelena Gaskarova; Deniz Uzun

BerlinLes Pêcheurs de perles

Bizet: Les Pêcheurs de perles
Victorien Vanoosten; Wim Wenders; Staatsoper Berlin; David Regehr; Montserrat Casanova; Alfredo Daza; Olga Peretyatko

BarcelonaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Speranza Scappucci; Sir David McVicar; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Tanya McCallin; Kristina Mkhitaryan; Rosa Feola

ParisCapriccio

Strauss R.: Capriccio
Marc Albrecht; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Anthony Powell; Diana Damrau; Sir Simon Keenlyside
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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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