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MunichDie Zauberflöte

© Wilfried Hösl
Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Antonello Manacorda; August Everding; Bavarian State Opera; Jürgen Rose; Martin Mitterrutzner; Christiane Karg

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Marlis Petersen; Katharina Konradi

MunichDas Rheingold

© Wilfried Hösl
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Valery Gergiev; Andreas Kriegenburg; Bavarian State Opera; Harald Thor; Andrea Schraad; John Lundgren; Milan Siljanov
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MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Marlis Petersen; Katharina Konradi
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Sometimes a flute is just a flute: Die Zauberflöte in Munich

Die Zauberflöte © Wilfried Hösl (2017)

The Bayerische Staatsoper revives once again a beloved production, with a first rate cast.

****1
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Devil takes all in The Met's Mefistofele

Christian Van Horn (Mefistofele_ © Karen Almond | Metropolitan Opera
Mefistofele proves a mixed blessing: good meets evil, devils fight with angels, lovely lyricism alternates with bombast and second-rate material.
***11
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Outstanding direction of a fine cast: Faust in Geneva

John Osborn, Ruzan Mantashyan, Marina Viotti, Adam Palka © GTG | Magali Dougados
Plasson shows all his experience; Lavaudant surprises and delights with his direction; a strong cast sing their hearts out. Who can ask for more?
*****
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An underwhelming Barber in Oslo

Joshua Hopkins (Figaro) © Joerg Wiesner
François de Carpentries' Oslo production of The Barber of Seville was both unfunny and underwhelming. 
**111
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Juilliard students put on Káťa Kabanová

Miles Mykkanen (Tichon) and Felicia Moore (Kát'a) © Hiroyuki Ito
Sung in English, a performance of Káťa Kabanová lacked the expressive power of the original, but exposed Juilliard Opera students to the marvels of Janáček’s musical style.
***11
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Vorspiel zur Revolution: Le nozze di Figaro an der Oper Zürich

Regula Mühlemann (Susanna) © T + T Fotografie Toni Suter

Mozarts Figaro unterhält das Züricher Publikum mit einer kurzweiligen Inszenierung und hervorragender Besetzung.

***11
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