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AmsterdamKarina Canellakis conducts Jenůfa

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Janáček: Jenůfa
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Karina Canellakis; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); David Cavelius; Lise Davidsen; Maria Guleghina
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Uwe Eric Laufenberg’s Bayreuth take on Parsifal

Elena Panktratova (Kundry) and Andreas Schager (Parsifal) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Despite its enigmatic details, Bayreuth's Parsifal reaches a cathartic climax. 
****1
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Bayreuth's Lohengrin lacks electricity

Klaus Florian Vogt (Lohengrin) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yuval Sharon's production returns to Bayreuth in a musically compelling performance. 
***11
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Kosky’s Meistersinger conquers Bayreuth again

Klaus Florian Vogt (Walther) and Michael Volle (Hans Sachs) © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Kosky’s production manages to maintain all hallmarks of a 16th-century fairy tale, while juxtaposing them with questions of deep human, political and artistic problems. Regietheater at its best.
*****
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Michael Volle leaps in for Munich's Meistersinger

Markus Eiche (Beckmesser) © Wilfried Hösl (2016)
Michael Volle and Klaus Florian Vogt demonstrate that they are indeed master singers in Munich, despite adversity, in a revival of David Bösch's contemporary production.
****1
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Musically sublime, packed with ideas

Johannes Martin Kränzle (Beckmesser) © Enrico Nawrath
The label “most opera directors” does *not* apply to Barrie Kosky, who makes his Bayreuth debut with a Meistersinger that pulls no punches.
*****
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Bayreuth welcomes a new Parsifal

Uwe Eric Laufenberg sets his new staging of Wagner's final opera among the persecuted Christians of the contemporary Middle East – but avoids preaching.
****1
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