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AmsterdamZTR Zaterdagmatinee: Thomas Hengelbrock conducts

© Florence Grandidier
Wagner, Rihm, Beethoven
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester; Thomas Hengelbrock; Pavol Breslik

ZürichMaria StuardaNew Production

Maria Stuarda
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Enrique Mazzola; David Alden; Zurich Opera; Gideon Davey; Salome Jicia; Diana Damrau

ViennaLa traviata

Verdi: La traviata
Marco Armiliato; Jean-François Sivadier; Vienna State Opera; Alexandre de Dardel; Irina Lungu; Pavol Breslik; Plácido Domingo

MunichIl tritticoNew Production

Il trittico
Puccini
Kirill Petrenko; Lotte de Beer; Bavarian State Opera; Bernhard Hammer; Jorine van Beek; Wolfgang Koch; Eva-Maria Westbroek

LondonDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Marc Minkowski; Kasper Holten; Royal Opera; Es Devlin; Anja Vang Kragh; Mariusz Kwiecień; Rachel Willis-Sørensen
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A commedia del Kosky staging in Munich

Tara Erraught (Carlotta), Brenda Rae (Aminta) and Pavol Breslik (Henry Morosus) © Wilfried Hösl
Barrie Kosky’s clever direction enlivens a Strauss rarity at the Bayerische Staatsoper but the minimalist stage setting sinks HMS Schweigsame Frau.
***11
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Wretched fates and quirky staging: Eugene Onegin in Zurich

Olga Bezsmertna (Tatyana) and Peter Mattei (Onegin) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s atypically conservative production of the Russian classic was marked by musical direction and vocal performances of the highest order.
****1
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A rake's progress: Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

Eleanora Buratto (Donna Anna), Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and Isabel Leonard (Donna Elvira) © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Jean-François Sivadier's pulsating new production propels The Don through his lusty adventures at a whirlwind pace. 
*****
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Hamburg's dazzling new concert hall is inaugurated

The Elbphilharmonie © Maxim Schulz
Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra open Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie concert-hall with a traversal of music through the ages, from a Renaissance motet to Wolfgang Rihm's latest work.
****1
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A disconcerting Entführung in Zurich

Nahuel di Pierro (Osmin) © Tanja Dorendorf
In David Hermann's new production, confusion reigns, but the performance is saved by the singing. 
***11
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