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EdinburghGötterdämmerung

Christine Goerke © Ryan Buchanan
Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Sir Andrew Davis; Christine Goerke; Burkhard Fritz; Josef Wagner; Amber Wagner
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Götterdämmerung: a truly fabulous end to the EIF Ring

Christine Goerke © Ryan Buchanan
The EIF’s cycle comes to a fabulous end with RSNO and Andrew Davis leading a luxury cast, Christine Goerke’s emotionally powerful Brünnhilde a highlight. 
****1
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A pale Rheingold begins Teatro Real's revival of Carsen’s Ring

Greer Grimsley (Wotan) and Sophie Bevan (Freia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Carsen's scaled-down Ring makes a timely comeback with a melancholy message of decay.
***11
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Musical riches at Deutsche Oper's Tristan und Isolde

Tristan und Isolde © Bettina Stöß (2014)
Peter Seiffert can still impress as Tristan, but Graham Vick's staging is uncertain and unconvincing. 
***11
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A heroic performance of Siegfried at the Edinburgh Festival

The cast at curtain call © Ryan Buchanan
Sir Mark Elder and The Hallé orchestra are the powerhouse in a memorable performance of Siegfried. Simon O’ Neill, Iain Paterson and Christine Goerke head up a universally strong cast.
****1
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Catherine Naglestad's splendid Salome at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Catherine Naglestad (Salome) © Monika Rittershaus
Deutsche Oper Berlin's Salome was a mixed blessing: a magnificent Catherine Naglestad as the heroine, with good ensemble of singers and orchestra, but a thoughtful but far-fetched psychological interpretation.
***11
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Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen, son of Nibelung dwarf, Alberich.
***11
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