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Classical music, opera, ballet and dance in Auckland, New Zealand

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AucklandSemele

Handel: Semele
Peter Walls; Thomas de Mallet Burgess; New Zealand Opera; Tracy Grant Lord; Emma Pearson; Sarah Castle

AucklandSpectacular

Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä; Esther Yoo
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Inside out: Eight Songs for a Mad King in Auckland

Robert Tucker © Jeff McEwan
The vocal part requires a range covering over five octaves, from the lowest bass notes to a high falsetto and Robert Tucker coped amazingly with the score’s lyrical elements and the various shrieking, whispering and clucking noises he was called upon to create.
****1
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Juilliard 415 excels in French and Italian Baroque in Auckland

Juilliard 415 © Juilliard 415
In each brief and catchy excerpt, the ensemble played with infectious vitality and admirable precision.
****1
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Edo de Waart signs off with awe-inspiring Mahler in Auckland

Edo de Waart © Jesse Willems
De Waart once again showed a formidable grasp of the musical structure so that the occasional outbursts of violence made thematic sense and a strong feeling of tension led up to the final cry of despair.
*****
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NZSO's enthralling Salonen and Schubert

Jennifer Koh © Juergen Frank
Edo de Waart and the NZSO thrill with the old warhorse that is Schubert's ninth as much as in an insightful and exciting rendition of Salonen's Violin Concerto.
****1
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Ambiguity rules in New Zealand Opera's Turn of the Screw

Anna Leese (Governess) © Marty Melville
Astonishingly vivid performances from an ensemble cast made it one of the most outstanding of their recent productions, an auspicious sign as de Mallet Burgess takes over the General Directorship of the company.
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Grotesquery and cowhorns in Auckland

Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Håkan Hardenberger and HK Gruber with the NZSO © NZSO
It was an altogether riotous and highly enjoyable performance of a wacky work, one long overdue to be heard in this country.
****1
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