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Performer: Willy Decker

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The Queen of Spades plays her cards right in Naples

Misha Didyk (Hermann) and Anna Nechaeva (Lisa) © Luciano Romano e Francesco Squeglia
Willy Decker does not try to make the structure of the plot any clearer, mainly concentrating on the deeper meaning of the work. The cast was excellent.
*****
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Kàt’a Kabanova takes flight in Naples

Káťa Kabanová © Luciano Romano
A terrific staging of Janáček's opera is successfully revived at the Teatro di San Carlo.
*****
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A dark update for Werther in Prague

Štěpánka Pučálková (Charlotte) and Peter Berger (Werther) © Patrik Borecký
Willy Decker's enduring production gets smart treatment in a handsome revival.
****1
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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Christian Thielemann's Staatskapelle Dresden excels in Siegfried

Gerhard Siegel (Mime) and Andreas Schager (Siegfried) © Klaus Gigga
The third installment of Semperoper Dresden’s Ring des Nibelungen cycle ups the ante with an outstanding ensemble performance.
****1
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Valkyries scramble over theatre seats

Vitalij Kowaljow (Wotan) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden orchestra are let down by sub-optimal singers in Willy Deckers chair-laden production of  Die Walküre
***11
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