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Performer: Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg

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HamburgDon Pasquale

Donizetti: Don Pasquale
Matteo Beltrami; David Bösch; Hamburg State Opera; Patrick Bannwart; Falko Herold; Michael Bauer; Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
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Summer marches in: Mahler's Third Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie

Kent Nagano brings Mahler's former Hamburg orchestra out of the opera house and into the concert hall for the composer's symphonic hymn to life.
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Barmy, balladic and balmy: three pieces at the Elbphilharmonie

Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic contrast barmy Hindemith with balmy Schubert, while Julian Prégardien explores Mahler’s balladic Wayfaring Songs.

 

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Olfactory and ocular obfuscation: The Nose in Hamburg

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.
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An immersive auto-da-fé: Konwitschny's Don Carlos sizzles

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

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.
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