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Performer: Sebastian Holecek

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ViennaDie Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Christian Thielemann; Vincent Huguet; Vienna State Opera; Aurélie Maestre; Clémence Pernoud; Nina Stemme; Camilla Nylund

BolognaFidelio

Beethoven: Fidelio
Asher Fisch; Georges Delnon; Teatro Comunale di Bologna; Kaspar Zwimpfer; Lydia Kirchleitner; Erin Caves; Daniel Frank

Graz7. Orchesterkonzert

Haas, Beethoven
Grazer Philharmoniker; Bernhard Schneider; Olga Bezsmertna; Katrin Wundsam; Lothar Odinius; Sebastian Holecek
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Staging on steroids: Verdi’s Rigoletto in Bregenz

Rigoletto at Bregenz © Karl Forster
Here was the much-loved three-act opera Rigoletto, yes, but chances are, it was one far beyond Verdi’s wildest dreams.
****1
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Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten

Evelyn Herlitzius (Nurse), Camilla Nylund (Empress), Nina Stemme (Dyer's wife) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pohn
The outstanding trio of Nylund, Stemme and Herlitzius soars above a Vienna State Opera Orchestra in thunderous form, led by Christian Thielemann to celebrate the Staatsoper's 150th birthday in style.
****1
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A bold update of Beethoven in Prague

Melanie Diener (Leonore) and Daniel Frank (Florestan) © Hana Smejkalová
Realism elbows aside romanticism in this dark departure from a star-studded tradition.
****1
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A revelatory Frau ohne Schatten in Munich

Elena Pankratova (Barak the Dyer's Wife) © Wilfried Hösl
A musical performance of stunning quality underpins this revival of Krzysztof Warlikowski's lavish, ambiguous Strauss staging.
****1
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Excellent in parts: Meistersinger at Covent Garden

Sir Bryn Terfel (Hans Sachs) © ROH | Clive Barda
Holten's masonic lodge setting of Meistersinger gets a lot right but is occasionally uneven; Terfel and Hughes Jones are constantly good to listen to.
***11
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