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Performer: Thomas Ebenstein

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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

ViennaDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Bertrand de Billy; Moshe Leiser; Vienna State Opera; Christian Fenouillat; Agostino Cavalca; Christophe Forey; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera

ViennaSalomeNew production

Strauss R.: Salome
Philippe Jordan; Cyril Teste; Vienna State Opera; Valérie Grall; Marie La Rocca; Julien Boizard; Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera
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A feast for bass voices in the Staatsoper's sombre Boris Godunov

That Boris was sung by a Ukrainian in times like this might or might not have been a coincidence. But that Alexander Tsymbalyuk was an excellent choice for the role is indisputable. 
****1
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Kaufmann and Davidsen lend star appeal to Grimes at the Staatsoper

In much anticipated role (Kaufmann) and stage (Davidsen) debuts, this revival of Peter Grimes at the Staatsoper was much anticipated, despite a production that should be put out to sea without a paddle.
***11
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Baroque modernity: Jan Lauwers’ Poppea at the Wiener Staatsoper

Kate Lindsey’s voice is luminous, effortlessly regulated in every register, and intertwined magically with the gleaming soprano of Slávka Zámečníková, a very special new jewel in the Staatsoper ensemble who is every inch a star.
*****
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Between symbolism and party reality: Salome at La Scala

Damiano Michieletto's production does not let the viewer rest easy even when the opera has ended.
*****
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Camilla Nylund makes impressive Met debut in Rosenkavalier revival

The Met revives Robert Carsen's updated production of Der Rosenkavalier with a strong cast led by Camilla Nylund.  Sir Simon Rattle led the Met Orchestra in an inspired and detailed reading of the score.
*****
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A spirited Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Wiener Staatsoper

Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is more than at home in the role of Oberon, and possesses a vocal quality ideal for the scheming king of the fairies, simultaneously eerie and seductive.
****1
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