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ZürichAlcina

© Monika Rittershaus
Handel: Alcina
Giovanni Antonini; Christof Loy; Zurich Opera; Johannes Leiacker; Ursula Renzenbrink; Cecilia Bartoli; Magdalena Kožená
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Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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Peter Grimes a must-see in Vienna

Though certainly not the most heartwarming of tales this Christmas season, this is a production one shouldn’t miss.
****1
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Verdi's Falstaff given a playful make-over

After his final opera, Falstaff (1893), Verdi founded a home for retired musicians. Director Christof Loy related these two achievements by setting the opera in the nursing home...
***11
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Gluck's Alceste at the Vienna Staatsoper: Chronicle of a death foretold

Alceste is the short and sombre story of a wife who gives her life to save that of her husband, King Admète of Thessaly, a deed which ultimately convinces the gods to reprieve both of them. Gluck, hoping to avoid the over-decorated vocal style then in vogue, set this plot to unadorned vocal lines to give depth to the underlying emotions.
****1
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Im szenischen Nichts ertrunken: Rusalka am Theater an der Wien

Maria Bengtsson (Rusalka) und Ladislav Elgr (Prinz) © Herwig Prammer
Amélie Niermeyers Inszenierung von Dvořaks Werk ist ein Totalausfall; Sänger und Orchester geben zusätzlich nicht viel Anlass zur Freude.
*1111
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Häusliche Gewalt vor schöner Klangkulisse: Otello in München

Jonas Kaufmann (Otello) und Anja Harteros (Desdemona) © Wilfried Hösl
Erstklassig besetzt und szenisch ins Heute geholt lässt Giuseppe Verdis Oper nicht nur Tenor-Fan-Herzen höher schlagen.
****1
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