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There will be blood: Elektra in Salzburg

Aušrinė Stundytė (Elektra) © Bernd Uhlig | Salzburger Festspiele
An Elektra conducted like Mendelssohnian fairy music, sung not shouted, just as Strauss required.
****1
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Nocturnal orgies versus controlled reason

Günter Papendell (Pentheus) and Sean Panikkar (Dionysus) © Monika Rittershaus
Sophisticated interpretation of The Bassarids by Hans Werner Henze at the Komische Oper Berlin
*****
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Words or music? Collaboration or resistance? A new Capriccio in Frankfurt

Camilla Nylund (The Countess) © Monika Rittershaus
Camilla Nylund’s rich, ample voice bloomed in the glorious setting of the sonnet, cosseted by burnished horn playing, in Strauss' unsurpassed operatic farewell to the soprano voice.
****1
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On the Rake: Stravinsky at Oper Frankfurt

Elizabeth Reiter (Anne Trulove) © Barbara Aumüller
A largely newly cast revival of The Rake's Progress takes a while to catch fire, but when it does the results are devilishly good.
****1
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A gloriously sung Rheingold at Lyric Opera

In spite of some questionable staging, Lyric Opera of Chicago opened its Ring cycle on a strong note with a stellar cast, notably featuring Eric Owens’ role debut as Wotan.
***11
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Prom 46: Wise men bearing gifts

An opportunity for the human voice to shine in works by Mahler and Mozart, performed by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov, with an opening work by Gérard Grisey.
***11
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