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Performer: Thomas Johannes Mayer

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LeipzigDer fliegende Holländer

Der fliegende Holländer
Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman)
Ulf Schirmer; Michiel Dijkema; Oper Leipzig; Christoph Gedschold; Jula Reindell; Iain Paterson

ViennaFidelio Urfassung (Leonore)New production

Beethoven: Fidelio
Tomáš Netopil; Amélie Niermeyer; Vienna State Opera; Alexander Müller-Elmau; Annelies Vanlaere; Benjamin Bruns; Thomas Johannes Mayer

LeipzigArabella

© Kirsten Nijhof
Strauss R.: Arabella
Ulf Schirmer; Jan Schmidt-Gare; Oper Leipzig; Heike Scheele; Thomas Kaiser; Astrid Kessler; Olena Tokar

LeipzigDie Frau ohne Schatten

© Kirsten Nijhof
Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Ulf Schirmer; Balázs Kovalik; Oper Leipzig; Heike Scheele; Sebastian Ellrich; Jennifer Wilson; Manuela Uhl

TokyoSummer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
Kazushi Ono; Jens-Daniel Herzog; New National Theatre; Mathis Neidthardt; Sibylle Gädeke; Masako Hayashi; Mochizuki Tetsuya
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Remarkable Die Frau ohne Schatten marred by visual effects

Vladimir Jurowski conducts Die Frau ohne Schatten in Bucharest © Andrada Pavel
At the Enescu Festival n Bucharest Vladimir Jurowski celebrates the centennial of Die Frau one Schatten’s premiere.
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A florid perversity: Barrie Kosky fires up Die Gezeichneten in Zurich

John Daszak Alviano) © Monika Rittershaus
Barrie Kosky’s production of Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded) is in keeping with what was long considered one of the early 20th century’s most scandalous works. 
****1
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Swan cruise: Lohengrin at Covent Garden

Jennifer Davis (Elsa) and Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © ROH | Clive Barda
David Alden’s new production for The Royal Opera, referencing fascist Germany, is drab, but there are musical compensations. 
***11
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Neuenfels' bloodless Salome in Berlin

Ausrine Stundyte (Salome) and Christian Natter (Oscar Wilde) © Monika Rittershaus
Hans Neuenfels new Salome proves a strangely non-committal affair at the Staatsoper, but Thomas Guggeis conducts impressively.
***11
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One Rheingold to rule them all

Stephanie Blythe, Thomas Mayer, Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony © Hilary Scott
With Andris Nelsons' withdrawal from Bayreuth last year, the BSO’s summer home, Tanglewood, became the venue for his Wagner with a concert performance of Das Rheingold
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