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Performer: Wolfgang Bankl

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ViennaIl barbiere di Siviglia

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Guillermo García Calvo; Günther Rennert; Vienna State Opera; Alfred Siercke; Tara Erraught; Pavel Kolgatin

LeipzigArabella

© Kirsten Nijhof
Strauss R.: Arabella
Ulf Schirmer; Jan Schmidt-Gare; Oper Leipzig; Heike Scheele; Thomas Kaiser; Astrid Kessler; Olena Tokar

ViennaCardillac

Hindemith: Cardillac
Michael Boder; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Tomasz Konieczny; Angela Denoke

ViennaArabella

Strauss R.: Arabella
Cornelius Meister; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Camilla Nylund; Tomasz Konieczny
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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

Anna Netrebko (Manon) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
Too many paparazzi and not enough Puccini in Robert Carsen’s Manon Lescaut in Vienna.
***11
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Laura Aikin a magnificent Emilia Marty in Vienna

Heinz Zednik (Hauk-Šendorf) and Laura Aikin (Emilia Marty) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pöhn
It took Vienna State Opera almost 90 years to present Leos Janacek's Věc Makropulos, but in Peter Stein's production, it was worth the wait.
****1
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