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Performer: Petra Lang

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BayreuthLohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin
Christian Thielemann; Yuval Sharon; Rosa Loy; Neo Rauch; Reinhard Traub; Bayreuth Festival Orchestra
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BerlinBoulez conducts Mahler's Symphony no. 2 (2005)

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Staatskapelle Berlin; Pierre Boulez; Staatsopernchor Berlin; Diana Damrau; Petra Lang
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

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

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

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 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

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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Nuanced revival of McVicar's Tristan und Isolde

Sir David McVicar's production of Tristan und Isolde premiered at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2013, and was then recognized as a friendly platform for singers. Here it is freshly revived with a new cast.
****1
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