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Thaddeus Strassberger on La clemenza di Tito at LA Opera
In common with Satyagraha, the core of Mozart's Enlightenment opera is forgiveness: versatile opera director Strassberger discusses his forthcoming LA production and how he gets the best from his singers.
© Chris Hitcheson
Thaddeus Strassberger and legionnaries © Elena Lekhova
Thaddeus Strassberger and legionnaries
© Elena Lekhova
Thaddeus Strassberger in rehearsal © Anders Bach
Thaddeus Strassberger in rehearsal
© Anders Bach
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Technicolor Clemenza at LA Opera

Russell Thomas (Tito) © Cory Weaver | LA Opera
Any parallels between Rome in the first century under Emperor Titus and the United States two millennia later under Emperor Trump were lost in a Tinseltown graphic novel sweep.
***11
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The Demon: Botstein sheds light on another neglected opera

Efim Zavalny (The Demon) © Stephanie Berger
Thaddeus Strassberger proposed a mise-en-scène where the story is reenacted in Tamara’s confused mind while she is confined in a monastery.
***11
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Nabucco goes to Hollywood

Plácido Domingo (Nabucco) © Ken Howard | LA Opera
Monstyrska dominates as Abigaille, Domingo brings his unique baritenor style to the title role, Thaddeus Strassberger creates a riot of colour and antiquarian style.
****1
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A hard hitting opera to stay in the memory

Barracks scene © David Karlin
In its first full staging in Russia, Miecysław Weinberg’s complex, eclectic score is sung and played with excellence; Thaddeus Strassberger's direction and staging presses all the emotional buttons.
*****
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Privilege begets privilege: Figaro in Oslo

Yngve André Søberg (Figaro) and Ingeborg Gillebo (Cherubino) © Joerg Wiesner
Looks can be deceiving in this beautifully sung revival of Thaddeus Strassberger's Oslo production of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.
****1
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