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Performer: Staatsorchester Stuttgart

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In Konwitschny's modern Medea, monsters are made by men

Sebastian Kohlhepp (Jason) and Cornelia Ptassek (Medea) © Thomas Aurin
Director Peter Konwitschny's staging of Cherubini's Medea critiques rejection and mistreatment of refugees. A strong new German translation and a talented cast make this a must-see.
****1
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Rousseau and a boxing ring: Ariodante in Stuttgart

Ariodante in Stuttgart © Christoph Kalscheuer
In Jussi Wieler and Sergio Morabito’s pugilistic production of Ariodante, the singers needed as much physical and gymnastic dexterity as vocal finesse.
***11
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Sex and violence in the ghetto: Pique Dame

Shigeo Ishino (Yeletsky), Erin Caves (Herman) and Helene Schneiderman © A.T. Schaefer
Oper Stuttgart’s new production of The Queen of Spades (Pique-Dame) pushes a directorial tendency to update opera to a modern setting to an extreme.
***11
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Devil in the detail: Gounod's Faust in Stuttgart

Atalla Ayan (Faust) and Adam Palka (Méphistophélès) © Thomas Aurin
A thrilling new staging of Gounod's opera from the team that brought Bayreuth its current Ring, with musical rewards to match.
*****
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Modern terror: Salome in Stuttgart

Director Kirill Serebrennikov gives us a frightening new reality of the modern world beset by war and terrorism in his reimagining of Strauss's Salome
****1
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