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Performer: Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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Hindemith: Cardillac
Cornelius Meister; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Jürgen Hoffmann; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

ViennaAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Thomas Guggeis; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Jürgen Hoffmann; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

ViennaLa Cenerentola

Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella)
Stefano Montanari; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Jürgen Hoffmann; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
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Sir Bryn Terfel stars as Sir John Falstaff in a lively Zurich revival

The Opernhaus Zürich revives Sven-Eric Bechtolf's 2011 production of Verdi’s last masterpiece with a solid supporting cast. 

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Science goes screwball in Maggio Musicale's new Così fan tutte

Sven-Eric Bechtolf's staging holds a balance between philosophy and humour, but Adam Fischer's vivacious conducting is the real star of the evening.
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Opera in maschera: Verdi's Ernani arrives in Sydney from La Scala

A mixed-bag of an evening at the Sydney Opera House, with a production of Ernani imported from La Scala failing to solve the inherent challenges of the work, despite good performances from the cast.
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Strauss’ Helena lands at La Scala

In the tiring role of Menelaus Andreas Schager was a mighty Heldentenor, combining impressive sound power with a dazzling colour and without ever showing a moment of fatigue.
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Verdi's fifth opera can be considered a blueprint for Trovatore and deserves a more regular place in the repertoire, but it needs more sincere advocacy than Bechtolf is prepared to grant.
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Putting frippery before Freud

The current stage-setting of Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper proves that “all that’s Glittenberg” is not gold.
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