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Performer: Wolfgang Koch

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MunichFalstaffNew production

Falstaff
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez

ViennaTosca

Puccini: Tosca
Bertrand de Billy; Margarethe Wallmann; Vienna State Opera; Nicola Benois; Anna Netrebko; Saioa Hernández

BerlinDie Frau ohne Schatten

Strauss R.: Die Frau ohne Schatten
Simone Young; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Christian Schmidt; Olaf Winter; Eric Cutler
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MunichDie VögelNew production

Caroline Wettergreen (Nachtigall) © Wilfried Hösl
Braunfels: The Birds (Die Vögel)
Ingo Metzmacher; Frank Castorf; Bavarian State Opera; Aleksandar Denić; Adriana Braga Peretzki; Lothar Baumgarte; Wolfgang Koch

MunichFalstaffNew production

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
Verdi: Falstaff
Michele Mariotti; Mateja Koležnik; Bavarian State Opera; Raimund Orfeo Voigt; Ana Savić-Gecan; Wolfgang Koch; Ailyn Pérez
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Koležnik's casino Falstaff redeemed by a powerful ending in Munich

Callum Thorpe (Pistol), Wolfgang Koch (Falstaff) and Timothy Oliver (Bardolph) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bayerische Staatsoper's new production of Falstaff makes the mistake of turning a comedy into a slapstick, but the fine ensemble have the last say as they stand in silence and defiance to face the empty auditorium.
***11
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Fidelio in Zurich: singing fine, but staging, “Nein!”

Anja Kampe (Leonore) and Andreas Schager (Florestan) © Herwig Prammer

In its revival here in Zurich, the soloists and choir of Beethoven's Fidelio give stellar vocal performances. But having done away with any real set, the opera was not without its shortcomings.

**111
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Starry knight: a strong Lohengrin revival in Munich

Karita Mattila (Ortrud) and Anja Harteros (Elsa) © Wilfried Hösl
The Bavarian State Opera avoids the routine in a powerfully cast revival of Richard Jones' building-site production of Lohengrin.
****1
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Girl power rules: Vienna State Opera with Die Frau ohne Schatten

Evelyn Herlitzius (Nurse), Camilla Nylund (Empress), Nina Stemme (Dyer's wife) © Wiener Staatsoper | Michael Pohn
The outstanding trio of Nylund, Stemme and Herlitzius soars above a Vienna State Opera Orchestra in thunderous form, led by Christian Thielemann to celebrate the Staatsoper's 150th birthday in style.
****1
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Einspringer save the day in a joyous Staatsoper Meistersinger

Die Meistersinger at the Staatsoper Berlin © Bernd Uhlig
There's little to like in Andrea Moses' production, but a fine cast and glorious playing and conducting make for an enthralling performance of Wagner's grand comedy.  
****1
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Petrenko and a luxury cast grace Il trittico in Munich

Ermonela Jaho (Suor Angelica) © Wilfired Hösl
Petrenko's Puccini is bracingly alert, filled with colour and has a romantic sweep that is utterly transporting.
*****
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