Delightful Swedish Magic Flute revival premieres in Stockholm

22/10/2019

SwedenSweden Mozart, Trollflöjten (The Magic Flute): Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Swedish Opera / Anna Skryleva (conductor), Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm, 18.10.2019. (GF)

Jens Persson (Papageno) and bears © Carl Thorborg

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Musical magic in Nicola Raab’s dark, grim Rusalka for Opéra national du Rhin

21/10/2019

FranceFrance Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, Chœurs de l’Opéra national du Rhin, Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg / Antony Hermus (conductor), Opéra national du Rhin, Strasbourg, 19.10.2019. (RP)

Pumeza Matshikiza (Rusalka) and Bryan Register (Prince)
© Klara Beck

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A disappointing Munich Salome production is redeemed by Marlis Petersen in the title role

19/10/2019

GermanyGermany R. Strauss, Salome: Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Kirill Petrenko (conductor). Nationaltheater, Munich, 13.10.2019. (MC)

Marlis Petersen (Salome) © Wilfried Hösl

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Munich’s timely birthday anniversary revival of Offenbach’s Les contes d’Hoffmann

18/10/2019

GermanyGermany Offenbach, Les contes d’Hoffmann: Soloists, Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Statisterie Bayerischen Staatsoper, Bayerisches Staatsorchester / Constantin Trinks (conductor), Nationaltheater, Munich, 11.10.2019. (MC)

Bayerischen Staatsoper’s Les contes d’Hoffmann © W. Hösl

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In Chicago, after 30 years, a welcome return of Luisa Miller

18/10/2019

United StatesUnited States Verdi, Luisa Miller: Soloists, Orchestra of Lyric Opera of Chicago / Enrique Mazzola (conductor). Civic Opera House, Chicago. 12.10.2019. (JLZ)

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Luisa Miller (c) Todd Rosenberg

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Giving the devil his due, Zurich revives a riotous Der Freischütz

17/10/2019

SwitzerlandSwitzerland Weber: Der Freischütz: Soloists and Chorus of the Opernhaus Zürich / Axel Kober (conductor), Opernhaus Zürich, Zurich, 29.9.2019 and 4.10.2019. (CCr)

Zurich Opera’s Der Freischütz (c) Hans Jörg Michel

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A fine, unsettling production of Katya Kabanova in Berlin

16/10/2019

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Janáček, Katya Kabanova: Soloists, Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Martin Wright), Staatskapelle Berlin / Thomas Guggeis (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 12.10.2019. (MB)

Staatsoper Berlin,
Katja Kabanova: (credit: Bernd Uhlig)

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Opéra Royal de Versailles’ revival of Grétry’s Richard Coeur de Lion is an unmissable and revelatory experience

16/10/2019

FranceFrance Grétry, Richard Coeur de Lion: Soloists, Ballet of Opéra Royal, Versailles; Chorus and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel / Hervé Niquet (conductor). Opéra Royal de Versailles, France, 10.10.2019. (CC)

Opéra Royal de Versailles’ Richard Coeur de Lion (c) Agathe Poupeney

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