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Performer: Sven-Eric Bechtolf

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ViennaCardillac

Hindemith: Cardillac
Michael Boder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Tomasz Konieczny; Angela Denoke

ViennaArabella

Strauss R.: Arabella
Cornelius Meister; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Camilla Nylund; Tomasz Konieczny

ZürichDon Carlo

© Judith Schlosser
Verdi: Don Carlo(s)
Sir Mark Elder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Zurich Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Vitalij Kowaljow; Marcelo Álvarez
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Strauss’ Helena lands at La Scala

Eva Mei (Aithra), Andreas Schager (Menelas) and Ricarda Merbeth (Helen) © Brescia & Amisano | Teatro alla 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.
****1
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Codes of honour trip up Bechtolf's Ernani at La Scala

Francesco Meli (Ernani and Ailyn Pérez (Elvira) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla 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.
***11
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Putting frippery before Freud

Anna Gabler (Arabella) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
The current stage-setting of Arabella at the Wiener Staatsoper proves that “all that’s Glittenberg” is not gold.
***11
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A touch of magic realism to Hänsel und Gretel

Anna-Doris Capitelli (Hänsel) and Francesca Manzo (Gretel) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Bechtolf's seductively imaginative staging consists in a flat pack fairytale world full of surprises that delight like the contents of a pop up book.
*****
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Vinke’s smiling hero saves an otherwise sluggish Siegfried

Stefan Vinke (Siegfried) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Stefan Vinke was a convincing, petulant, pouty Siegfried in the third episode in Wagner's Ring cycle in Vienna.
***11
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