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Performer: Stefan Herheim

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Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
Konrad Junghänel; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Franck Evin; Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin
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Blending magic with loss: Herheim’s reimagined Amahl in Vienna

There is magic aplenty in director Stefan Herheim’s bold recontextualization of Gian Carlo Menotti's holiday opera. 
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A pointed Vixen debut for Stefan Herheim at MusikTheater an der Wien

Herheim’s maiden voyage in his new capacity as Intendant confirms his ability to deftly negotiate a less-than-straightforward work with care and ambition and add his own voice enthusiastically to the mix.
****1
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All the world's a stage: Xerxes as a comedy of backstage rivalry

A revival of Stefan Herheim's production of Handel's Xerxes in Düsseldorf makes for a rip-roaring evening of theatrical comedy.
****1
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A tale of many Tchaikovskys: The Queen of Spades at ROH

Herheim places the composer at the centre of his opera in a staging that's clever and erudite but somewhat cold; musical performances are mixed.
***11
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La Cenerentola in Edinburgh: comic direction to savour

Herheim pulls us in unexpected directions, makes us laugh and makes us think as we enjoy fine Rossinian music and singing in Opéra de Lyon's production.
****1
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An enigmatic Pelléas et Mélisande at Glyndebourne

Stefan Herheim's dreamlike production of Debussy's opera sets it squarely in the Sussex manor house that gave birth to Glyndebourne's festival. 
***11
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