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Find classical music concert, opera, ballet and dance reviews | Nicky Gillibrand

Thomas Oliemans (Papageno) © Donald Cooper
London

Simon McBurney's Magic Flute makes a joyous return to ENO

By , 14 March 2019
****1
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Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
Glyndebourne

Overwrought and over-thought: Fiona Shaw directs Cendrillon for the Glyndebourne Tour

By , 13 October 2018
***11
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Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino) © Michel Schnater
Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, McBurney's Die Zauberflöte continues to delight

By , 12 September 2018
****1
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Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
Aix-en-Provence

Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte: Simon McBurney at Aix

By , 06 July 2018
*****
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Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Leporello) and Johannes Weisser (Don Giovanni) © Erik Berg
Oslo

Too many doors: an occasionally inert, but well-sung Don Giovanni in Oslo

By , 29 May 2018
***11
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Rachel Willis-Sørensen (The Marschallin) © Robert Workman | Glyndebourne Festival 2018
Glyndebourne

Seriously funny, musically transcendent: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

By , 20 May 2018
*****
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Brandon Jovanovich (Sergey), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Katerina) © ROH | Clive Barda
London

No muddle, just music: Pappano delivers an exceptional Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

By , 12 April 2018
****1
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Biagio Pizzuti (Leporello) and Riccardo Fassi © Priska Ketterer
Basel

Sexism and callousness in Richard Jones' Don Giovanni in Basel

By , 27 January 2017
***11
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Nicholas Crawley (Masetto) and Mary Bevan (Zerlina) © Robert Workman
London

Strong in concept, strong in casting: Richard Jones' Don Giovanni at ENO

By , 30 September 2016
****1
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Patricia Racette (Minnie), Gwyn Hughes Jones (Johnson) and ensemble © Ken Howard | Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe

Santa Fe Opera Stages Puccini's Fanciulla del West

By , 02 August 2016
***11
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Ain Anger (Pimen) and Bryn Terfel (Boris Godunov) © ROH | Catherine Ashmore
London

Boris Godunov at the Royal Opera: competent, but missing the mark

By , 14 March 2016
***11
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Lucio Gallo (Gianni Schicchi) and Susanna Hurrell (Lauretta) © Bill Cooper | ROH
London

Jaho and Larsson break hearts, Gallo and Hurrell mend them in The Royal Opera's Trittico

By , 25 February 2016
****1
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Peter Coleman-Wright (Papageno) © ENO | Robbie Jack
London

An incandescent Magic Flute from Mark Wigglesworth at ENO

By , 05 February 2016
****1
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Berlin

Fiona Shaw brings theatre into the opera house in The Rape of Lucretia

By , 14 November 2014
*****
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London

Opera's Spaghetti Western: Puccini's Girl of the Golden West at ENO

By , 02 October 2014
****1
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London

ROH comeback for Anna Nicole, but do shock tactics dull with repetition?

By , 11 September 2014
***11
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