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Performer: Stefan Soltész

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BerlinDer ZigeunerbaronNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
Stefan Soltész; Tobias Kratzer; Komische Oper Berlin; Rainer Sellmaier; Bernd Purkrabek; Ulrich Lenz

BerlinDer ZigeunerbaronNew production

© Jan Windszus Photography
Strauss II: Der Zigeunerbaron (The Gypsy Baron)
Stefan Soltész; Tobias Kratzer; Komische Oper Berlin; Rainer Sellmaier; Bernd Purkrabek; Ulrich Lenz
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Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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Peter Konwitschny returns to the Semperoper with Les Huguenots

Venera Gimadieva (Marguerite de Valois) © Semperoper Dresden | Ludwig Olah
John Osborn leads a very successful premiere of Peter Konwitschny's new production of Meyerbeer's Les Huguenots in Dresden
****1
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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Toy Story: Calixto Bieito stages Die Gezeichneten

Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Spanish director offers a controversial angle but tones it down to focus on dark psychology rather than spectacle in his staging of Schrecker's hothouse opera.
***11
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