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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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A very palpable hit: Hamlet in Cologne

Dino Lüthy (Laertes) and David Butt Philip (Hamlet) © Paul Leclaire
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

Ivana Rusko (Ellen Orford) and Marco Jentzsch (Peter Grimes) © Bernd Uhlig
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

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
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

Maria Isabel Segarra (Eurydice) and Matthias Hoffmann (Aristeus/Pluto) © Matthias Jung
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

Stefan Cerny (Rocco) and Emma Bell (Leonore) © Paul Leclaire
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

Alexander Franzen (Pangloss) © Paul Leclaire | Oper Köln
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

Tomislav Lavoie (Don Iñigo Gomez) and Katrin Wundsam (Concepción) © Paul Leclaire
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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Alles Leben ist Leiden: Tristan und Isolde an der Oper Köln

Peter Seiffert (Tristan) und Ingela Brimberg (Isolde) © Bernd Uhlig
Die Neuinszenierung Wagners Musikdrama steht in Patrick Kinmonths Inszenierung ganz im Zeichen der Philosophie Schopenhauers.
****1
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