Theater Bremen’s Salome convinces with imaginative staging and impressive singing

GermanyGermany R. Strauss, Salome: Soloists and Chorus of Theater Bremen, Bremer Philharmoniker / Stefan Klingele (conductor). Theater Bremen, 14.2.2024. (DMD)

(l-r) Nadine Lehner (Herodias), Yannick-Muriel Noah (Salome), Christian-Andreas Engelhardt (Herod) and the Bremer Philharmoniker © Jörg Landsberg

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Two last-minute replacements save and make the day for La bohème in Kiel

GermanyGermany Puccini, La bohème: Soloists, Chorus and Children’s Chorus of Kiel Opera, Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra / Benjamin Reiners (conductor). Kiel Opera House, 4.2.2024. (DMD)

Matteo Maria Ferretti (Schaunard), Oleksandr Kharlamov (Colline), Andrzej Bernagiewicz (Benoît), Tigran Hakobyan (Rodolfo), Samuel Chan (Marcello) © Olaf Struck

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Dresden’s Tristan und Isolde takes Wagner to a new level of excellence

GermanyGermany Wagner, Tristan und Isolde: Soloists, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden / Christian Thielemann (conductor). Semperoper Dresden, 21.1.2024. (DMD)

Klaus Florian Vogt (rear, Tristan), {l-r) Martin Gantner (Kurwenal), Tanja Ariane Baumgartner (Brangäne) and Camilla Nylund (Isolde) © Semperoper Dresden/Ludwig Olah

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Die Walküre in Leipzig – outstanding singers make up for odd moments

GermanyGermany Wagner, Die Walküre: Leipzig Opera Soloists and Dancers, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig / Ulf Schirmer (conductor). Leipzig Opera, 13.1.2024. (DMD)

Brünnhilde and Wotan in the foreground, Valkyries and soldiers in the arches of the leaning tower (photo from the 2013 production) © Tom Schulze

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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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