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Performer: Reinhard Traub

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ViennaWiener Staatsballett in der Volksoper: Carmina Burana

Debussy, Ravel, Orff
Vesna Orlic; András Lukács; Boris Nebyla; Vienna State Ballet; Guido Mancusi; Alexandra Burgstaller; Reinhard Traub

BerlinLa sonnambula

La sonnambula
Bellini: La sonnambula
Stephan Zilias; Jossi Wieler; Deutsche Oper Berlin; Anna Viebrock; Alexandros Stavrakakis; Rosa Feola

MannheimCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Mark Rohde; Yona Kim; Nationaltheater Mannheim; Herbert Murauer; Falk Bauer; Reinhard Traub; Albrecht Puhlmann

StuttgartBorisNew production

Mussorgsky, Newski
Titus Engel; Paul-Georg Dittrich; Oper Stuttgart; Jana Findeklee; Lena Schmid; Adam Palka; Elmar Gilbertsson

HamburgAlcina

Handel: Alcina
Christopher Moulds; Christof Loy; Hamburg State Opera; Herbert Murauer; Hulkar Sabirova; Maite Beaumont
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Yuval Sharon’s pop Zauberflöte at the Staatsoper Berlin

Florian Teichtmeister (Papageno) © Monika Rittershaus (February 2019)

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden presents Avery Sharon’s shocking production of Mozart’s masterpiece, full of references to pop culture, side by side with the traditional one by Everding in the same season. A solid cast does justice to his fun, entertaining, bold production.

****1
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Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Bayreuth take on Parsifal

Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Despite its enigmatic details, Bayreuth's Parsifal reaches a cathartic climax. 
****1
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Bayreuth's Lohengrin lacks electricity

Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yuval Sharon's production returns to Bayreuth in a musically compelling performance. 
***11
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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser), Elena Zhidkova (Venus) and Manni Laudenbach © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yesterday, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where devotees of Richard Wagner converge annually from all over the world, opened its doors again for this year’s festival. Traditionally presented on the first evening, the new production for this season was Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (to use the opera’s full name), presented to a capacity audience.
***11
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A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna's Theater an der Wien stage a seldom performed opera by Carl Maria von Weber with an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus.  
****1
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