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Composer: Massenet, Jules (1842-1912)

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Year of birth1842
Year of death1912
NationalityFrance
PeriodRomantic
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CanterburyPassion & Poetry

© Benjamin Ealovega
Wagner, Massenet, Verdi, Liszt
Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph Altstaedt; Jerwoods Choir

LeicesterPassion & Poetry

© Ben Ealovega
Wagner, Massenet, Verdi, Liszt
Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph Altstaedt; Jerwoods Choir

BedfordPassion & Poetry

© Ben Ealovega
Wagner, Massenet, Verdi, Liszt
Philharmonia Orchestra; Christoph Altstaedt; Singers from the Glyndebourne Jerwood Young Artists Scheme

ZürichWerther

Werther
Massenet: Werther
Lorenzo Viotti; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Klaus Grünberg; Silke Willrett; Piotr Beczała; Margarita Gritskova

LondonJoseph Calleja

Verdi, Massenet, Bizet, Cilea, Puccini, Offenbach
Philharmonia Orchestra; Andrew Greenwood; Joseph Calleja
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Vengerov and Osetinskaya explore Brahms at the Barbican

Maxim Vengerov © Benjamin Ealovega
Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya’s marathon of Brahms sonatas showed off the composer at his most lyrical and dramatic. 
****1
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Hakhnazaryan at Wigmore: a riotous jig with a touch of class

Narek Haknazaryan © Marco Borggreve
Hakhnazaryan’s programme was rich with meaty music.
*****
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An outstanding performance by Francesca Hayward

C. Saunders (Monsieur GM), F. Hayward (Manon), A. Campbell (Lescaut) in Manon © Bill Cooper | ROH, 2018
Yet another revival of MacMillan's signature ballet.  Enlivened by tremendous performances, not least in the title role, and still a classic. But, how long will that pertain?   
***11
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Enter the madman: Massenet’s Don Quichotte in Sydney

Ferruccio Furlanetto (Don Quichotte) © Ken Howard | San Diego Opera
Massanet’s Don Quichotte is mounted by Opera Australia, in a production which creaks but is held together by fine singing from Ferruccio Furlanetto and Warwick Fyfe.
***11
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A conceptually bold Manon at Oper Köln

Insik Choi (De Brétigny) and Zuzana Marková (Manon Lescaut) © Bernd Uhlig
This production fell just short of brilliance but showed how relevant and thought-provoking opera as an art form can be when tapping into today's headline debates.
****1
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