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Venue: Oper Köln, Cologne

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AddressOffenbachplatz
50667 Cologne
North Rhine-Westphalia
Germany
ContainsStaatenhaus Saal 1
Staatenhaus Saal 2
Staatenhaus Saal 3
Google maps50° 56' 16.542" N 6° 57' 6.019" E
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CologneDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Duncan Ward; Michael Hampe; Oper Köln; Rainer Mühlbach; German Droghetti; Andreas Grüter

CologneIl barbiere di SivigliaNew production

Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
George Petrou; Ruth Berghaus; Oper Köln; Achim Freyer; Nicol Hungsberg; Wolfgang Stefan Schwaiger
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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

Brett Dean's operatic reworking of Shakespeare's Hamlet receives its German premiere in a powerful new staging by the work's librettist Matthew Jocelyn.
****1
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An emotionally distant Peter Grimes at Oper Köln

Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes is a nuanced, gripping tale that should pack an emotional punch. Despite fine moments, Oper Köln's production didn't serve the work. 
**111
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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Oper Köln's delightful Orpheus enraptures all ages

Oper Köln’s Orpheus in the Underworld proved age accessibility must not sacrifice humour and musical integrity. The tight ensemble piece was superbly acted and well-sung throughout.
****1
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Fidelio: delightful Beethoven in Cologne

In a temporary home, Cologne Opera have mounted a remarkably joyful production of Beethoven’s single, wonderful opera.
****1
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Not easily assimilated: Candide in Cologne

The Staatenhaus venue forces one too many compromises on Bernstein's operetta, but the performance itself is saved by the accomplishment of much of the singing.
***11
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Hours of fun: Ravel's two one-act operas in Cologne

Cologne Opera's staging of Ravel's two comedies needed a stronger directorial response to the performance space, but the musical rewards compensated.
***11
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Eine lebhafte Interpretation von Béatrice et Bénédict in Köln

Nicht einmal eine kurzfristige Corona-Infektion konnte diese amüsante und musikalisch beeindruckende Erstaufführung in der Oper Köln vom Glänzen abhalten.
****1
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