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Performer: Waltraud Meier

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ViennaElektra

Strauss R.: Elektra
Semyon Bychkov; Uwe-Eric Laufenberg; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Christine Goerke; Waltraud Meier

ViennaGötterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung
Ádám Fischer; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Stephen Gould; Nina Stemme

BudapestWaltraud Meier song recital

Waltraud Meier song recital
Mahler, Wolf, Wagner, Schoenberg
Waltraud Meier, Mezzo-soprano
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Memorable singing in ambiguous Staatsoper Berlin Götterdämmerung

Götterdämmerung © Monika Rittershaus (2013)
Irene Théorin and Andreas Schager lead a stunning musical performance, as Guy Cassiers vision of The Ring becomes clear.  
****1
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Laufenberg’s Elektra a disappointment in Vienna

Elena Pankratova (Elektra) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
German theatre director Uwe Eric Laufenberg freely incorporates some of Stanley Kubrik’s horror story concepts into his Elektra, but in ignoring both Sophocles and Strauss, is a long way from shining.  
***11
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Chéreau's Elektra arrives in Berlin

Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra) and Michael Volle (Orest) © Monika Rittershaus
Evelyn Herlitzius and Adrianne Pieczonka are unsinkable in the the French director's final production, conducted with impressive symphonic sweep by Daniel Barenboim. 
****1
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Long resonance of an overwhelming ending

Evelyn Herlitzius (Brünnhilde) and Waltraud Meier (Waltraute) © Zsófia Pályi | Müpa
Musical charm and mighty images of this Götterdämmerung leave the audience mesmerised.
****1
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Met's new Elektra a triumph of music and theater

Adriennec Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, Nina Stemme © Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
The late director Patrice Chereau's last work, Elektra, was brilliantly realized at the Met, with special credit to conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and soprano Nina Stemme.
*****
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