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Performer: Robert Wilson

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BolognaIl trovatore

Verdi: Il trovatore
Pinchas Steinberg; Robert Wilson; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Vasily Ladyuk; Marta Torbidoni; Cristina Melis; Diego Cavazzin
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Classic Robert Wilson: Turandot opens Canadian Opera Company season

Tamara Wilson (Turandot) © Michael Cooper

Director Robert Wilson and conductor Carlo Rizzi combine effectively to create a visually striking and musically memorable Turandot that emphasizes the hieratic and the mythical with a notable absence of unnecessary histrionics.

****1
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Norma in Zurich: superb vocalists trapped in a minimalist staging

Maria Agresta (Norma) © Toni Suter | T&T Fotografie

A production which has Robert Wilson's signature all over it, but feels like a wagon in front of the horse.

***11
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Bob Wilson's cool minimalist Butterfly is back in Amsterdam

Elena Stikhina and Sergio Escobar © BAUS
Robert Wilson's Madama Butterfly is back in Amsterdam starring rising star Elena Stikhina as the doomed Cio-Cio-San.
***11
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Quiet tragedy: Robert Wilson's Otello in Baden-Baden

Sonya Yoncheva (Desdemona) and Stuart Skelton (Otello) © Lucie Jansch
Zubin Mehta conducts Verdi's Otello in an iconic Robert Wilson production of stylized theater where less is more. The effect was mesmerizing.  
****1
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Wilson's lunar Trouvère the antithesis of grand opéra

Nino Surguladze (Azucena) © Lucie Jansch
When they asked Wilson to stage an opera by Verdi, the Texan director replied "I'll never do it!". Now he is at his fourth Verdi's production.
***11
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Letter to a Man in LA

Mikhail Baryshnikov in Letter to a Man © Lucie Jansch
Mikhail Baryshnikov collaborates with Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs to present Letter To A Man based on the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. It is an exploration into the troubled mind of an iconic genius that struggles with its own problems.
***11
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