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Performer: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

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MunichHänsel und Gretel

© Wilfried Hösl
Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Friedrich Haider; Richard Jones; Bavarian State Opera; John Macfarlane; Tara Erraught; Corinna Scheurle

ParisLa Flûte enchantée

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Cornelius Meister; Robert Carsen; Opéra national de Paris; Michael Levine; Petra Reinhardt; Cyrille Dubois; Stanislas de Barbeyrac

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Der Rosenkavalier
Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Marlis Petersen; Katharina Konradi
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LeedsDas Rheingold

Michael Druiett (Wotan), Jo Pohlheim (Alberich) and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Loge) © Clive Barda
Wagner: Das Rheingold
Richard Farnes; Peter Mumford; Opera North; Michael Druiett; Andrew Foster-Williams; Mark Le Brocq; Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke

MunichDer RosenkavalierNew production

Strauss R.: Der Rosenkavalier
Vladimir Jurowski; Barrie Kosky; Bavarian State Opera; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Marlis Petersen; Katharina Konradi
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A promising start to Staatsoper Berlin's Ring revival

Das Rheingold © Monika Rittershaus (2010)
Daniel Barenboim led a performance of deliberate tempo with a great ensemble of singers.  Guy Cassiers‘ production, while visually stunning at times, does little to enhance the performance.
***11
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In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Back for its third run at Dutch National Opera, with a satisfying cast, McBurney's staging wins new converts. 
****1
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A thrilling Gurrelieder from the Philharmonia

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
This was a superbly assured performance in which Esa-Pekka Salonen marshalled his forces with a clear-sighted vision to carve out an account brimming with intensity, energy and commitment.
****1
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Spectacular Gurrelieder revived at Dutch National Opera

Burkhard Fritz (Waldemar) © DNO 2018
An exemplary cast, an opulent orchestra and unforgettable images in Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder.
****1
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A boisterous romp at the Komische Oper

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Barbe-bleue) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Stefan Herheim packs puns and gags into a three-hour long show, but less could have been more. 
***11
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Big on decibels, short on detail

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Herod) and Gun-Brit Barkmin (Salome) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Gun-Brit Barkmin’s Salome was neither sexy, salacious, psycho-erotic nor particularly well sung.
***11
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