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The Monstrous Child

Hel is the daughter of Norse god Loki and the giantess Angrboda. She’d be an ordinary teenager if it wasn’t for the fact that she’s half girl and half corpse. A prophecy predicts that Hel’s brothers are fated to bring…

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The Magic Flute

Mozart’s classic singspiel is staged in a hilarious new production by Krešimir Dolenčić at the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. As Tamino is hunted my the agents of the state, he is knocked unconscious and envisions a world full of secret…

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Hansel + Gretel

Perhaps the most popular operatic fairy tale of them all, Hansel and Gretel is also one of the darkest. From a poor home in which hunger is an ever-present threat, brother and sister escape to the world of the forest,…

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Agrippina

Robert Carsen direct’s Theatre an der Wien’s new staging of Handel’s Agrippina. Set in contemporary Rome, the production draws inspiration from both Berlusconi and the architecture of Mussolini. Claudio is cast as a corrupt, Berlusconi-like figure, governing from the 1940s…

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La Fanciulla Del West

Robert Carsen directs La Scala’s new production of Puccini’s musical vision of the American West - ‘La Fanciulla del West’ at Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Film is used throughout to blur the lines between Puccini’s Western-inspired story and an…

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The Marriage of Figaro

Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro whisks us through the events of one crazy day. Figaro, the Count’s valet, tries to wed Susanna, the Countess’s maid, before their philandering master can bed her first. Brought in to remake the original video…

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Juliette

The memory of a young woman pushes Michel back to a small seaside town after three years. There he meets a society that has lost his memory, and as time passes he moves deeper and deeper into a surreal world…

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The Flying Dutchman

Richard Wagner's gothic tale of redemption, The Flying Dutchman, docks at Scottish Opera. Scottish Opera’s production, directed by Harry Fehr, deals away with a lot of the mythology in a traditional reading of Wagner, instead setting the action on a remote…

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Faust

The mysterious Mephistopheles promises to make all of the aging  Faust’s wishes come true - in exchange for his soul. Charles Gounod’s opera, which was inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous tragedy, saw its world premier in Paris in…

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