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Performer: Wolfgang Bankl

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ViennaArabella

Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Strauss R.: Arabella
Sebastian Weigle; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Hanna-Elisabeth Müller; Michael Volle
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A spirited Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Wiener Staatsoper

Lawrence Zazzo (Oberon) and Erin Morley (Tytania) © Michael Pöhn | Wiener Staatsoper GmbH
Countertenor Lawrence Zazzo is more than at home in the role of Oberon, and possesses a vocal quality ideal for the scheming king of the fairies, simultaneously eerie and seductive.
****1
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Capriccio: Strauss’ swansong at the Staatsoper

Daniela Fally (Italian Singer) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Poehn
Vienna State Opera offered a solid production in which precious little gleamed.
***11
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A vocally strong Lulu in Vienna

Wolfgang Bankl (The Animal Trainer) and Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu) © Wiener Staatsoper GmbH | Michael Pöhn
Vienna staged the first three-act performance of Lulu with Willy Decker adding to his 2000 production, with excellent singing contributing to its success.
****1
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“To infinity and beyond! ”Cosmic Mondparsifal

Mondparsifal © Jan Bauer, courtesy of Jonathan Meese
After Jonathan Meese's Parsifal staging was rejected by Bayreuth, he channelled his frustrations into an "arch-Parsifal" which shoots the titular hero into space, with a musical re-imagining of Wagner’s score by Austrian composer Bernhard Lang.
*****
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Geronte de Ravoir runs the show in Vienna

Too many paparazzi and not enough Puccini in Robert Carsen’s Manon Lescaut in Vienna.
***11
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