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Performer: Silke Willrett

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ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

ZürichLucia di LammermoorNew production

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Speranza Scappucci; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Massimo Cavalletti; Lisette Oropesa

BerlinWozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck
Matthias Pintscher; Andrea Breth; Staatsoper Berlin; Martin Zehetgruber; Silke Willrett; Matthias Goerne; Eva-Maria Westbroek
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A dreary Katya Kabanova is rescued by great singing at the Staatsoper

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katya) © Bernd Uhlig (2014)

The Staatsoper Unter den Linden revives Andrea Breth’s desolate production of Janáček’s masterpiece with a great cast led by conductor Thomas Guggeis.

***11
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Cold discomfort: an uncompromising Kát'a Kabanová

Eva-Maria Westbroek (Kát'a Kabanová) © Bernd Uhlig (2014)
Eva-Maria Westbroek proves an outstanding Káťa in the Staatsoper's revival of Janáček's opera, powerfully conducted by Simon Rattle. 
****1
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Oper Halle's Jephtha lacks coherency

Robert Sellier (Jephtha) and Chorus © Tobias Kruse
Jephtha at the Halle Handel Festival subverts the text, and provides little in the way of dramatic or musical compensation.
**111
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Provocation as part of the package

Juan Diego Flórez (Werther) and Anna Stéphany (Charlotte) © Herwig Prammer
Juan Diego Flórez stars as Goethe’s archetypal Romantic poet in Massenet's Werther in Zurich. 
****1
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Celestial music, but a distracting production

Die Zauberflöte may well tell us something about the Human Condition, but its staging in Zurich serves more to distract from the music and the messages than it does to support them.
**111
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Glitter and black ostrich feathers prevail in WNO's Nabucco

Rudolf Frey's production of Nabucco for Welsh National Opera undercuts the solemnity and beauty of the opera, detracting from some fine performances. 
***11
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