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TokyoTannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Alejo Pérez; Hans-Peter Lehmann; New National Theatre; Olaf Zombeck; Yuji Tatsuta; Tokyo Symphony Orchestra

ValenciaTristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
James Gaffigan; Àlex Ollé; Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía; Alfons Flores; Josep Abril; Urs Schönebaum; Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana
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Season finale: a disappointing ending to Bayreuth's Götterdämmerung

Despite many perceptive details, Bayreuth's new Ring culminates in a rather damp squib of an ending.
***11
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Rotterdam Philharmonic presents a fabulous Frau ohne Schatten

Orchestra and singers reached great heights in this highly lyrical and dramatically flowing Frau ohne Schatten conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.
*****
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A luxuriant Tristan und Isolde Act 2 from Noseda and the NSO

Wagner’s Liebestod-laden second act proves the ideal opera snapshot in Washington DC. 

****1
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‘Wagner Night’ returns to the Proms

Things went from good to great in the course of the Götterdämmerung highlights.
****1
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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

Yesterday, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where devotees of Richard Wagner converge annually from all over the world, opened its doors again for this year’s festival. Traditionally presented on the first evening, the new production for this season was Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (to use the opera’s full name), presented to a capacity audience.
***11
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Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten

The outstanding trio of Nylund, Stemme and Herlitzius soars above a Vienna State Opera Orchestra in thunderous form, led by Christian Thielemann to celebrate the Staatsoper's 150th birthday in style.
****1
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