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Performer: Samuel Boden

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AmsterdamLessons in Love and ViolenceNew Production

Lessons in Love and Violence
Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
George Benjamin; Katie Mitchell; Niederländische Oper; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Barbara Hannigan

LondonLessons in Love and ViolenceNew Production

Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
George Benjamin; Katie Mitchell; Royal Opera; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Barbara Hannigan

LyonLessons in Love and ViolenceNew production

Benjamin: Lessons in Love and Violence
Alexandre Bloch; Katie Mitchell; Opéra de Lyon; Vicki Mortimer; Stéphane Degout; Georgia Jarman
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Monteverdi on a doughnut: Ulysses fails to thrill

The Return of Ulysses © ROH & Roundhouse | Stephen Cummiskey
A series of ill-advised staging choices leads to a disappointingly drab performance of Monteverdi's Homeric epic.
**111
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Disconnected dégustation: Pinchgut Opera's Rameau

Lauren Zolezzi © Patrick Boland
Historically informed rarities from Rameau and Vinci aim to recreate the world of 18th-century opera-going in Paris. But a misaligned production distracts from this specialised experience.
***11
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Mixed Bach from the AAM in Cambridge

The Academy of Ancient Music © Marco Borggreve
Music written by Bach for the Collegium Musicum, and also for the first Sunday after Easter, was played with skill and flourish by this exceptional orchestra;  sadly, the singing was not consistently good enough to match. 
***11
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Polished, but no cracker

William Christie © Denis Rouvre
Polished, deft and attentive, Les Arts Florissants deliver in concert the same slickness that we have come to expect from their impressive array of recordings, but lack vital energy.
****1
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The arts are blooming in William Christie’s Budapest Messiah

William Christie © János Posztós | Müpa Budapest
William Christie and his ensemble Les Arts Florissants (or The blooming arts – a reference to an opera by Marc-Antoine Charpentier) visited the Hungarian capital to perform Handel’s Messiah in the exceptional acoustics of the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall. 
****1
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