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Portals into the surreal in La Monnaie's The Turn of the Screw

A highly satisfying level of polish in La Monnaie's stream in which one recognizes a precisely executed live performance at its core – one that would be thrilling to experience in person. 
****1
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One good Turn: a triumph of Hanoverian Britten

Staatsoper Hannover’s new production of The Turn of the Screw packs a punch, both musically and dramatically.

****1
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At Wilton’s Music Hall, a ghost light for Britten’s ghost story

When the pandemic struck and theatres were locked down, OperaGlass Works' staging of The Turn of the Screw was an early casualty. Creative thinking turned the production into a film, with London's oldest music hall the set. 
****1
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Vache Baroque opens with a fine Dido and Aeneas

Purcell's counterpoint is beautifully sung by a young cast to inaugurate England's latest country house opera venue.
****1
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Castellucci’s makeover of Mozart’s Requiem at the Adelaide Festival

A work designed to be performed in church has become a dramatic music theatre event that captured and held me enthralled throughout in a meditation on both death and life.

****1
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Scarpia stabbed, Tosca smothered by Livermore’s La Scala staging

Anna Netrebko chews the scenery as Floria Tosca… and there’s a lot of it to get her teeth into in David Livermore’s busy staging in Milan.
***11
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Ambiguity rules in New Zealand Opera's Turn of the Screw

Astonishingly vivid performances from an ensemble cast made it one of the most outstanding of their recent productions, an auspicious sign as de Mallet Burgess takes over the General Directorship of the company.
****1
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