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Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Alresford

Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

By , 08 June 2018
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Jeanine De Bique (Musetta) © Sally Jubb
Glasgow

Scottish Opera’s detailed La bohème bursts with joie de vivre

By , 20 May 2017
****1
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Stephanie Marshall (Romeo) and Sarah-Jane Brandon (Giulietta) © Robert Workman
Buxton

Knives out in Verona: a fine I Capuleti e i Montecchi at Buxton Festival

By , 09 July 2016
****1
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Beethoven's Leonore at Buxton Festival © Robert Workman
Buxton

“Beethoven's what?” Leonore at Buxton Festival

By , 08 July 2016
***11
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Matthew Halls © Jon Christopher Meyers | Oregon Bach Festival
Dublin

Bright seraphim: a rewarding Samson in Dublin

By , 23 January 2016
****1
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Laura Margaret Smith (Muireall) and Andrew Dickinson (Iain) © Davie Gardner
Edinburgh

Hirda: Ancient and Modern intertwine in a beguiling new opera from Shetland

By , 03 December 2015
****1
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David Stout (Figaro) © Robbie Jack
London

A fabulous Figaro from Fiona Shaw for English National Opera

By , 16 October 2014
****1
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La Colombe
Buxton

La princesse jaune and La colombe at the Buxton Festival

By , 08 July 2013
***11
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Scottish Opera, Werther  ©  James Glossop
Glasgow

Splendid singing in Scottish Opera's quirky production of Werther

By , 17 February 2013
****1
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Richard Burkhard as Papageno in Scottish Opera's The Magic Flute  ©  Ken Dundas
Glasgow

Scottish Opera's steampunk Magic Flute delights

By , 27 October 2012
****1
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Janis Kelly and Andrew Kennedy  ©  Robert Workman
Buxton

Strauss' Intermezzo at Buxton Festival

By , 07 July 2012
***11
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Andrew Shore as Jakob Lenz,  ©  Stephen Cummiskey
London

Rihm's Jakob Lenz at Hampstead Theatre: a Testament to Modern Opera

By , 17 April 2012
****1
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