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Performer: Hamburg Philharmonic

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Olfactory and ocular obfuscation: The Nose in Hamburg

Bo Skovhus (Kovalyov) and Bernhard Berchtold (The Nose) © Arno Declair
Kent Nagano and the forces of Staatsoper Hamburg launch their new season with a production of Shostakovich's very first opera in which the ears are beguiled but the eyes are not.
***11
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

Don Carlos at Staatsoper Hamburg © Brinkhoff/Mögenburg (2008)
From stylised 16th-century dress to a 1970s sitcom ballet, Konwitschny's Staatsoper staging is full of brilliantly inventive touches, splendidly realised in this excellently sung revival. 
*****
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Women in the driving seat at the Elbphilharmonie

Alondra de la Parra © Erika Mayer
Alondra de la Parra and Camille Thomas, together with the Hamburg Philharmonic, refute suggestions that there could be a gender gap in the world of music-making.
****1
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Hamburg's Die Tote Stadt: excellent singing but muddled staging

Klaus Florian Vogt (Paul) © Bernd Uhlig (2015)
Hamburg's revival of a 2015 production is a musical success, but the director's concepts are sometimes too dense to tell a straightforward story.
****1
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Christof Loy’s Alcina still bewitches in Hamburg

Agneta Eichenholz (Alcina), Narea Son (Oberto) and Franco Fagioli (Ruggiero) © Hans Jörg Michel
The 2002 production of Handel’s masterpiece is revived with a solid cast under the baton of Riccardo Minasi.
****1
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