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BerlinLohengrinNew production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Roberto Alagna

BerlinDie Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Simone Young; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Christian Schmidt; Olaf Winter; Eric Cutler

BerlinIdomeneo

Mozart: Idomeneo, rè di Creta
Louis Langrée; Sir David McVicar; Staatsoper Berlin; Vicki Mortimer; Gabrielle Dalton; Andrew Staples; Lea Desandre
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BerlinLohengrinNew production

Roberto Alagna (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus
Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Bettina Auer
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Regietheater reigns supreme in Calixto Bieito's Berlin Lohengrin

Roberto Alagna (Lohengrin) © Monika Rittershaus
Dressed in white, with an origami swan in his hand, Robert Alagna's Lohengrin is less a Grail knight than an absent-minded daydreamer.
****1
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More glitter than gold: the Berliner Staatsoper's new Rosenkavalier

Camilla Nylund (Marschallin) © Ruth Walz

Another opera novice struggles in the Staatsoper's new Rosenkavalier, while Zubin Mehta's leaden conducting proves a burden.

***11
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Sir John Falstaff as a Berliner in Mario Martone’s Staatsoper staging

Falstaff © Matthias Baus (2018)
Zubin Mehta leads a great cast in a revival of a successful production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Staatsoper in Berlin
****1
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Tears in the rain: La bohème at the Staatsoper Berlin

Zvetelina Vassileva (Mimi), Miroslav Dvorsky (Rodolfo) and Roman Trekel (Marcello) © Monika Rittershaus (2001)
The Staatsoper Unter den Linden revives a successful, romantic production by Lindy Hume, with Eleonora Buratto and Benjamin Bernheim as the protagonists.
****1
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Why, why, why Dalila? More disappointment at Unter den Linden

Brandon Jovanovich (Samson) and Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Matthias Baus
Daniel Barenboim conducts an underwhelming cast in the Staatsoper's new Samson et Dalila, and Argentinian director Damián Szifron's operatic debut is stale and cliché-ridden. 
**111
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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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