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Performer: Philipp Stölzl

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BerlinParsifal

Parsifal
Wagner: Parsifal
Donald Runnicles; Philipp Stölzl; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Conrad Moritz Reinhardt; Kathi Maurer; Sir Simon Keenlyside; Derek Welton

AmsterdamRusalkaNew production

Rusalka
Dvořák: Rusalka
Jakub Hrůša; Philipp Stölzl; Dutch National Opera; Heike Vollmer; Anke Winkler; Eleonora Buratto; Brian Jagde

BerlinDer fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Thomas Guggeis; Philipp Stölzl; Staatsoper Berlin; Ursula Kudrna; Matthias Goerne; Ricarda Merbeth
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
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Deutsche Oper revives Stölzl's Rienzi staging

Torsten Kerl (Rienzi) © Bettina Stöß
Staging the story of the Italian political figure Rienzi as that of a dictator in 20th-century Germany was an inspired idea. This revival was a rare occasion to experience Wagner's early opera. 
***11
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Top voices, high drama in Andrea Chénier

Anja Harteros (Maddalena di Coigny) and Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Wilfried Hösl
With superb singing from Harteros, Salsi and Kaufmann, this production makes a strong case for Andrea Chénier’s continued presence in the repertoire.
****1
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Framed: a dream world Flying Dutchman

Albert Dohmen (The Dutchman) © Antoni Bofill
Philipp Stölzl's production of Der fliegende Holländer, which places the action within a giant frame in a library, arrives at The Liceu.
***11
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A detailed slice of history: Andrea Chénier

Jonas Kaufmann (Andrea Chénier) © Wilfried Hösl | Bayerische Staatsoper
Anja Harteros shines in Umberto Giordano’s verismo opera, with a top class sound that trumps even Jonas Kaufmann’s comeback.
****1
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