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Venue: Theater an der Wien, Vienna

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AddressLinke Wienzeile 6
1060 Vienna
Austria
Google maps48° 11' 57.852" N 16° 21' 51.316" E
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ViennaPorgy and BessNew production

Gershwin: Porgy and Bess
Wayne Marshall; Matthew Wild; Theater an der Wien; Katrin Lea Tag; Eric Greene; Simon Shibambu
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Don't divas always die? Zazà at Theater an der Wien

Nikolai Schukoff (Milio Dufresne) and Svetlana Aksenova (Zazà) © Monika Rittershaus
Leoncavallo's opera is a rare example of a tragic, verismo opera where not a soul dies... neither by natural causes nor foul play.  
***11
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Theater an der Wien premieres Christian Jost's Egmont

Edgaras Montvidas (Count Egmont) and Bo Skovhus (Duke of Alba) © Monika Rittershaus
Keith Warner directs a new opera which packs in betrayal, murder, oppression, freedom, love and the Spanish Inquisition into a mere 90 minutes.
****1
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A Clemenza to pardon at Theater an der Wien

Nicole Chevalier (Vitellia) © Werner Kmetitsch
Sam Brown's sparse production leaves nothing to focus on but the individual protagonists on stage. 
***11
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Physiology, puppetry and pharmaceuticals at Theater an der Wien

Vincent Wolfsteiner (Hüon), Annette Dasch (Rezia) and Sebastian Mock (Puck) © Werner Kmetitsch
Director Nikolaus Habjan took Oberon’s inherent miscellany and ran with it, straight into a retro-futurism aesthetic.
****1
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Make feminism, not love: The Maid of Orleans at TAW

Lena Belkina (Johanna) © Werner Kmetitsch
It is all very easy on the eyes, although pondering what it is all supposed to mean is a recipe for a migraine.
***11
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A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna's Theater an der Wien stage a seldom performed opera by Carl Maria von Weber with an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus.  
****1
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Strongly cast Guillaume Tell hits its mark at Theater an der Wien

Christoph Pohl (Guillaume Tell) and Anita Rosati (Jemmy) © Moritz Schell
Osborn absolutely lives the part; he negotiated formidable heights, intricate passage work and the sheer volume of notes with style and clarity as well as colour and nuance. 
****1
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Magical musicianship, but drab direction

Mirella Hagen (Morgana) and Rainer Trost (Oronte) © Herwig Prammer
Marlis Petersen's Alcina bloomed for a knockout “Ah! mio cor!” just in time for intermission.
***11
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