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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Spain

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BarcelonaCandide - in concert

Candide - in concert
Bernstein: Candide
John DeMain; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Kathryn Lewek; Paul Appleby; Inés Moraleda; Doris Soffel

BilbaoZimmermann au Pays Basque

Zimmermann au Pays Basque
Gaubert, Martinů, Dvořák
Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa; Erik Nielsen; Frank Peter Zimmermann

MadridOrquesta Sinfónica de Madrid: Concierto 1

Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid: Concierto 1
Schumann, Berlioz, Lyadov, Debussy
Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid; Maximiano Valdés; Soo-Jung Ann

MadridWest Side Story

Bernstein: West Side Story
Unknown; Ricardo Sánchez Cuerda

PamplonaOrquesta Sinfónica de Navarra

Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra
Brahms
Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra; Antoni Wit; Gabriel Schwabe; Tian-wa Yang
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Vocal sparkle but a dull staging in the Liceu's Puritani

Pretty Yende (Elvira) © A. Bofill
I puritani returns to Barcelona’s Liceu with Annilese Miskimmon’s production. Javier Camerena and Pretty Yende lead the inauguration of the season with a fine example of romantic bel canto.
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La Fura dels Baus’ Faust 5.1 opens the new season at the Teatro Real

Piotr Beczała (Faust) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Despite a great cast led by Marina Rebeka, La Fura dels Baus's unambitious approach to the myth of Faust and Dan Ettinger's noisy conducting prevent a brighter season opening at the Teatro Real.
***11
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Camarena does it again: Lucia di Lammermoor at Teatro Real

Javier Camarena (Edgardo) and Lisette Oropesa (Lucia) © Javier del Real | Teatro Real
Javier Camarena’s debut as Edgardo contributed to a triumphal night at the Teatro Real together with Lisette Oropesa’s charismatic Lucia and David Alden’s powerful staging.
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A forlorn Manon Lescaut arrives in Barcelona

Gregory Kunde (Des Grieux) and Liudmyla Monastyrska (Manon) © A. Bofill
Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu stages Puccini’s first great success as an operatic composer, Manon Lescaut with the stage direction of Davide Livermore. 
***11
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Olga Pericet: Flamenco Reimagined

© Paco Villalta
In a production that proposes a revision of flamenco from its roots, stripping it of all the clichés and stereotypes that are currently weakening its essence, Fernandez’s mighty dancing and Pericet’s farsighted crafting and superb performance are extraordinary examples of the best artistic proposals that flamenco dancing can produce nowadays.
****1
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