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Performer: Romeo Castellucci

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SalzburgDuke Bluebeard's Castle / De temporum fine comoediaNew production

Bartók, Orff
Teodor Currentzis; Romeo Castellucci; Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

BerlinDaphneNew production

Strauss R.: Daphne
Thomas Guggeis; Romeo Castellucci; Staatsoper Berlin; Staatskapelle Berlin

NaplesMozart: Requiem

Mozart: Requiem
Raphaël Pichon; Romeo Castellucci; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Orchestra del Teatro di San Carlo
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VitrollesResurrectionNew production

Mahler: Symphony no. 2 in C minor 'Resurrection'
Orchestre de Paris; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Romeo Castellucci
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Bluebeard as psychothriller in Castellucci's mismatched double bill

Romeo Castellucci's intense production of Bartók's opera reaps its rewards in the performance under Teodor Currentzis, but Carl Orff's opera-oratorio De temporum fine comoedia feels little more than a drab filler. 
***11
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To die in order to live: Castellucci's Resurrection

Following his Requiem at the 2019 Aix Festival, Romeo Castellucci surprises us with the purity and humility of his Mahler Second, conducted remarkably by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
****1
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A hole in the heart: Salzburg Festival’s new Don Giovanni

The pairing of controversial director and bad-boy conductor brings some thrills but the Salzburg Festival's new Don Giovanni proves disappointingly uninvolving. 
***11
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Castellucci’s makeover of Mozart’s Requiem at the Adelaide Festival

A work designed to be performed in church has become a dramatic music theatre event that captured and held me enthralled throughout in a meditation on both death and life.

****1
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Barocktage opens with a murder: Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio

Romeo Castellucci’s inspiring and spiritual production lands in Berlin, with a superb cast of Baroque specialists and the B’Rock Orchestra under the baton of René Jacobs.
****1
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On the rocks: An ice-cold Salome in Salzburg

An astonishing performance by Asmik Grigorian is central to the Italian director's disturbing reading of a disturbing opera. 
****1
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