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Performer: Petra Lang

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LeipzigParsifal

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Wagner: Parsifal
Ulf Schirmer; Roland Aeschlimann; Oper Leipzig; Susanne Raschig; Petra Lang; Thomas Mohr

BayreuthDie WalküreNew production

Wagner: Die Walküre
Pietari Inkinen; Valentin Schwarz; Andrea Cozzi; Andy Besuch; Klaus Florian Vogt; Georg Zeppenfeld
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried

Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Stefan Vinke was a convincing, petulant, pouty Siegfried in the third episode in Wagner's Ring cycle in Vienna.
***11
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Peter Schneider takes the Valkyries on a wild ride in Vienna

Jongmin Park (Hunding) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pohn
Sven-Eric Bechtolf’s minimalist staging brought the protagonists’ complicated psychological interaction into focus but to the detriment of Wagner’s myth and magic.
***11
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