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Performer: Wolfgang Schöne

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Why, why, why Dalila? More disappointment at Unter den Linden

Brandon Jovanovich (Samson) and Elīna Garanča (Dalila) © Matthias Baus
Daniel Barenboim conducts an underwhelming cast in the Staatsoper's new Samson et Dalila, and Argentinian director Damián Szifron's operatic debut is stale and cliché-ridden. 
**111
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Wim Wenders successful dive into opera

Olga Peretyatko (Leïla) © Donata Wenders
Internationally acclaimed film director Wim Wenders and Daniel Barenboim give their debut with a rarely played opera by Georges Bizet.
****1
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A Dream team at Staatsoper Berlin for Martinů's Juliette

Rolando Villazón (Michel) and Magdalena Kožená (Juliette) © Monika Rittershaus
An outstanding premiere of Bohuslav Martinů's Juliette at the Schiller Theater in Berlin has a delighted public jumping to their feet with applause.
*****
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Prom 41: Schoenberg's Gurrelieder

In a castle in mediaeval Denmark, King Waldemar and Tove sing rapturously of their love. But dark deeds are afoot: a Wood Dove tells us that Tove has been murdered by Waldemar's jealous queen, Waldemar berates God, he and his men are condemned to rise from their graves every night and ride in a wild hunt - all this to the accompaniment of a giant, brass-laden orchestra playing a lush, opulent symp
***11
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