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Performer: Petra Reinhardt

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DresdenTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Daniele Callegari; Johannes Schaaf; Dresden State Opera; Antonino Fogliani; Giampaolo Bisanti; Christof Cremer; Petra Reinhardt
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Beware Posa! A black, bleak Don Carlo opens season at La Fenice

Alex Esposito (Filippo II) © Michele Crosera
Maestro Myung-Whun Chung leads an almost all-Italian cast in an impressive performance of Verdi’s most ambiguous masterpiece.
*****
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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***11
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Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Komische Oper's new staging of Korngold's opera doesn't quite offer the necessary scale or atmosphere. 
***11
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Baroque meets jukebox musical: The Beggar’s Opera

The Beggar's Opera © Patrick Berger
A wry and topical new version of The Beggar’s Opera from Robert Carsen and Ian Burton from Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord is energetic, fun and amusing. Les Arts Florissants provide colourful Baroque accompaniment.
****1
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A busted straight: La Scala's La fanciulla del West

Barbara Haveman (Minnie) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
La Scala might not have had all the right cards in its garter Tuesday night to prevent ending up holding aces and spaces, but it’s hard to play without a full deck in the first place.
****1
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