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    Elijah Moshinsky, an Australian director (though born in China), was long an established figure at the Royal Opera House and the Met.


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    Otto Schenk, along with Zeffirelli, is probably the name that comes up most when people think of beautiful, conservative stagings--for better or worse.


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    Sir Richard Eyre, still one more multi-talented British director, has also tried his hand at opera. His Royal Opera House Traviata can be seen in two different DVD offerings, along with his Met Carmen.


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    Petr Weigl is best known for his powerful filmed versions of operas.


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    Pierre Audi, the French-Lebanese artistic director of The Netherlands Opera, has done striking abstracted productions of Wagner's Ring cycle and the Monteverdi series.



    His work in that visual style extends from Rameau to modern composers like Messiaen and Tan Dun.


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    Carlus Padrissa, the Spanish director and co-founder of La Fura dels Baus performance group, has devised wild productions involving striking projected imagery combined with onstage acrobatics. The group's Salzburg Damnation de Faust met with limited success, but their Valencia Ring cycle was a fascinating project, at least visually. There have been widely mixed reviews for their latest Berlioz effort, a futuristic Les Troyens.


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    Jürgen Flimm, a German theatre and opera director, is represented on DVD by two Fidelios (the Met and Zurich), along with an interesting Zurich Traviata and a memorable Met Salome.


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    David McVicar, another of today's biggest directing names, has done beautiful, intelligently updated productions of Handel and Mozart, along with memorable stagings of Massenet's Manon, Gounod's Faust, and Strauss's Salome.




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    Werner Herzog, a leader of the New German cinema movement, was also noted for beautiful (though surprisingly conservative) opera productions--the best known probably being his snowy, smokey, laser-lit Bayreuth Lohengrin.


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    Peter Konwitschny, another German, is an idiosyncratic, often puzzling director. He did the infamous, wildly uneven "yellow sofa" Tristan (which nonetheless had some very effective moments), a Lohengrin rather arbitrarily set among schoolchildren, and a heavily debunked Götterdämmerung as the last installment of the multi-director Stuttgart Ring. Not everyone's cup of tea, but always thought-provoking.


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    David Alden, an American director who has done extensive work for the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera, is known for eclectic, unsettling stagings. His DVD catalog includes a nightmarish Tannhäuser, a couple of highly tongue-in-cheek Baroque operas, and his TV adaptation of his own staging of Thomas Adès's Powder Her Face.

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    Wolfgang Wagner, perennially overshadowed by his more gifted older brother Wieland, nonetheless kept alive the post-World War II modernist tradition of staging his grandfather's works at Bayreuth. His development can be traced in two versions each of Parsifal and Die Meistersinger.


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    Heiner Müller is considered Germany's foremost 20th-century dramatist after Brecht. He was also a noted theatre director, but made only one foray into opera--a memorable 1993 Tristan und Isolde at Bayreuth. Abstracted, cool, definitely not for all tastes, it remains a formidable production of this great work. Sadly, Müller died two years after the premiere, the same year this video record was made.


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    Stéphane Braunschweig, an acclaimed French theatre and opera director, is represented on DVD by two interesting minimalist productions: Die Walküre from his Aix-en-Provence Ring cycle, and Don Carlo from La Scala.


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    Great thread, Amfortas!

    And let's not forget Martin Kusej, the Austrian who nearly always manages to have his singers attired in nothing more than underwear at some point in his productions:

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