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Die Liebe der Danae also had a major revival last year at Salzburg, in Alvis Hermanis’s so-so production. He emphases the fairy-tale aspect of the opera, with vivid Bakst-inspired costumes on a generally blank white tiled stage, saved from the lavatorial by some colourful projections. Strauss’s opera is a curious blend of the stories of Midas and his golden touch with Danae’s impregnation by a shower of gold – in for a penny, in for a pound. The music is of a higher level, with Franz Welser-Möst leading a pacey and vivid reading of the complex score, and a great cast. Krassimira Stoyanova soars radiantly as Danae, fresh to the end. Tomasz Konieczny’s Jupiter sustains his high tessitura with aplomb and Gerhard Siegel gets better after a pitchy start as Midas. Regine Hangler’s Xanthe gives notice of a future Danae, I suspect.

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