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Performer: René Pape

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Regietheater reigns supreme in Calixto Bieito's Berlin Lohengrin

Dressed in white, with an origami swan in his hand, Robert Alagna's Lohengrin is less a Grail knight than an absent-minded daydreamer.
****1
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Stag do: David Bösch's loveless Lustige Weiber at the Staatsoper

Barenboim conducts Otto Nicolai's Falstaff opera with a warmth and affection that is sorely lacking on stage. 
***11
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Pierre Audi’s new Parsifal grinds the gears in Munich

Instead of telling a story of spiritual enlightenment and ultimate redemption through faith, Pierre Audi's reading is bereft of mystery and magic.
****1
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Suffering, transcendence, redemption: Parsifal at The Met

The Met’s production of Wagner’s Parsifal is a harrowing affair, entrancing in its refusal to charm. 
*****
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Flute still mesmerizing at The Met

The musical experience was dominated by the imagery making spectators feel, at least at times, overwhelmed.
****1
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Disturbing scenes: Staatsoper reopens with a messy Faustian hybrid

Jürgen Flimm's take on Schumann's Faust Scenes offers no solutions to self-imposed problems at the Staatsoper unter den Linden's glitzy reopening.
**111
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