A fine performance of Der Rosenkavalier in Berlin, hampered by a dismally vague production

GermanyGermany R. Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Soloists, Children’s Choir of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden (chorus director: Vinzenz Weissenburger), Staatsopernchor Berlin (chorus director: Gerhard Polifka), Staatskapelle Berlin / Joana Mallwitz (conductor). Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Berlin, 2.1.2024. (MB)

Staatsoper Berlin’s Der Rosenkavalier © Ruth Walz

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An excellent 2023 cast puts the fizz back into Vienna State Opera’s venerable Die Fledermaus

AustriaAustria Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus: Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra of Vienna State Opera / Simone Young (conductor). Broadcast live (directed by Jakob Pitzer) from the Vienna State Opera, 31.12.2023. (JPr)

Hiroshi Amako (Alfred) and Camilla Nylund (Rosalinde) © WS/Michael Pöhn

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Convincing storytelling matches musical excellence in Czech-language Rusalka in Bremerhaven

GermanyGermany Dvořák, Rusalka: Soloists, Chorus of the Stadttheater Bremerhaven, Philharmonic Orchestra Bremerhaven / Marc Niemann (conductor). Stadttheater Bremerhaven, 25.12.2023. (DMD)

Ulrich Burdack as Water sprite (Vodník) © Heiko Sandelmann

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Alexei Ratmansky reinvigorates and re-choreographs Coppélia for La Scala Ballet

ItalyItaly Alexei Ratmansky’s Coppélia: Dancers of La Scala Ballet, Orchestra of La Scala, Milan / Paul Connelly (conductor). Broadcast (directed by Stefania Grimaldi) from La Scala, Milan, 17.12.2023. (JPr)

Timofej Andrijashenko (Franz) and Nicoletta Manni (Swanilda) © Brescia e Amisano/Teatro alla Scala

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