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Performer: Tatjana Gürbaca

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ZürichWerther

© Herwig Prammer
Massenet: Werther
Giedrė Šlekytė; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Charles Castronovo; Stéphanie d'Oustrac

ZürichLucia di LammermoorNew production

Lucia di Lammermoor
Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor
Speranza Scappucci; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Massimo Cavalletti; Lisette Oropesa
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“What a commotion!” A slapstick Finta giardiniera in Zurich

La finta giardiniera © Herwig Prammer
Zurich Opera stages Tatjana Gürbaca’s production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera. True to the opera buffa genre, it teems with silliness.
**111
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
****1
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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Hagen: Part 1 of a “Second Generation” Ring at the Theater an der Wien

Samuel Youn (Hagen) and Martin Winkler (Alberich) © Herwig Prammer
Hagen, the first chapter in the Theater an der Wien's reimagining of The Ring, features music from Das Rhinegold and Götterdämmerung woven seamlessly together, telling the story from the perspective of Hagen, son of Nibelung dwarf, Alberich.
***11
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Trinks’ cut and paste Siegfried far from idyllic

Marcel Beekman (Mime) and Daniel Brenna (Siegfried) © Herwig Prammer
Tatjana Gürbaca’s whole scale tampering with Wagner’s Siegfried had so many flashbacks and flashforwards there should have been a warning for photosensitive members of the audience.  
**111
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Oper Halle's Jephtha lacks coherency

Robert Sellier (Jephtha) and Chorus © Tobias Kruse
Jephtha at the Halle Handel Festival subverts the text, and provides little in the way of dramatic or musical compensation.
**111
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