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Work: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)

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ComposerKorngold, Erich Wolfgang (1897-1957)
Period20th century
Year1920
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MunichDie tote StadtNew production

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul) © Wilfried Hösl
Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Kirill Petrenko; Simon Stone; Bavarian State Opera; Ralph Myers; Mel Page; Jonas Kaufmann; Marlis Petersen

MunichDie tote StadtNew production

Die tote Stadt
Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Kirill Petrenko; Simon Stone; Bavarian State Opera; Ralph Myers; Mel Page; Jonas Kaufmann; Marlis Petersen

HamburgDie tote Stadt

Korngold: Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
Christoph Gedschold; Karoline Gruber; Hamburg State Opera; Roy Spahn; Mechthild Seipel; Klaus Florian Vogt; Gun-Brit Barkmin
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It was all a dream: an absorbing Die tote Stadt in Munich

Jonas Kaufmann (Paul) © Wilfried Hösl
With an unsurpassed cast, devoted conducting and a brilliantly imaginative staging, the Bavarian State Opera's new production of Korngold's Die tote Stadt is a triumph.
*****
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Bard Musical Festival presents a thrilling Die tote Stadt

Clay Hilley (Paul), Kirsten Harvey (Marie's Ghost) and Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Stephanie Berger
American singers Clay Hilley and Sara Jakubiak offered performances of distinction in two fiendishly difficult roles.
****1
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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***11
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Korngold's Die tote Stadt at La Scala for the first time: a triumph

Die Tote Stadt, Teatro alla Scala © Brescia/Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
The wealth of visual images displayed by director Graham Vick goes with the extraordinary richness of Korngold's music.
****1
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Thrilling concert performance of Die tote Stadt in Dublin

Celine Byrne © IMG Artists
A terrific cast, led by soprano Celine Byrne and conducted by Patrik Ringborg deliver a compelling and thrilling performance of Korngold's Die tote Stadt.
****1
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