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Work: Tannhäuser

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ComposerWagner, Richard (1813-1883)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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MunichTannhäuser

© Wilfried Hösl
Wagner: Tannhäuser
Simone Young; Romeo Castellucci; Bavarian State Opera; Anja Harteros; Daniela Sindram

BerlinTannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser
Thomas Guggeis; Sasha Waltz; Staatsoper Berlin; Pia Maier-Schriever; Bernd Skodzig; Lise Davidsen; Marina Prudenskaya

MunichTannhäuser

© Wilfried Hösl
Wagner: Tannhäuser
Simone Young; Romeo Castellucci; Bavarian State Opera; Anja Harteros; Daniela Sindram
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Tobias Kratzer's provocative Tannhäuser opens at Bayreuth

Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser), Elena Zhidkova (Venus) and Manni Laudenbach © Bayreuther Festspiele | Enrico Nawrath
Yesterday, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, where devotees of Richard Wagner converge annually from all over the world, opened its doors again for this year’s festival. Traditionally presented on the first evening, the new production for this season was Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg (to use the opera’s full name), presented to a capacity audience.
***11
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Glorious ensembles in Dutch National Opera’s new Tannhäuser

Daniel Kirch (Tannhäuser) and Ekaterina Gubanova (Venus) © Monika Rittershaus
Orchestra and chorus reach great Wagnerian heights in this new production by Christof Loy, a study of an artist in revolt against hypocritical sexual mores.
***11
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Tannhäuser's long and tortuous journey of the spirit

Sophie Koch (Venus) and Stephen Gould (Tannhäuser) © Zsófia Pályi, Müpa Budapest
Stephen Gould is less than convincing in the lead role of Tannhäuser, but excellent ensemble work under Ádám Fischer's inspired direction offers compensations.
****1
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Imaginative Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Tannhäuser © Bettina Stöss (2014)
The production was interesting but at times distracting, but the musical performances triumphed. 
****1
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An inconsistent Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Tannhäuser at Deutsche Oper © Bettina Stöss
Visually inconsistant but some mesmerising perfromances in Kirsten Harms' production. 
***11
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