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BerlinDido & Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Christopher Moulds; Sasha Waltz; Staatsoper Berlin; Thomas Schenk; Christine Birkle; Marie-Claude Chappuis; Nikolay Borchev

BerlinVioletter Schnee

Furrer: Violetter Schnee
Matthias Pintscher; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Etienne Pluss; Ursula Kudrna; Anna Prohaska; Elsa Dreisig
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Au fait with Orphée: Salzburg celebrates Offenbach's bicentenary

Martin Winkler (Jupiter) and Kathryn Lewek (Eurydice) © Salzburg Festival | Monika Rittershaus
The Salzburg Festival's production of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld is another classic in the making from Barrie Kosky.
*****
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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Toy Story: Calixto Bieito stages Die Gezeichneten

Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Spanish director offers a controversial angle but tones it down to focus on dark psychology rather than spectacle in his staging of Schrecker's hothouse opera.
***11
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Sellar's half-baked semi-staging mars a fine Vixen

Lucy Crowe (Vixen) and Gerald Finley (Forester) © Monika Rittershaus
Rattle conducts Janáček's glorious score with unerring skill and barely concealed adoration, but is let down by his regular collaborator's muddy vision. 
***11
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Berlin Moses und Aron commemorates liberation of Auschwitz

Barrie Kosky's production of Schoenberg's unfinished masterpiece is brought to musical life by Vladimir Jurowski's intense and compelling interpretation.
*****
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