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BerlinThe Turn of the Screw

Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Finnegan Downie Dear; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Christian Schmidt; Maria Bengtsson; Stephan Rügamer
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Vache Baroque opens with a fine Dido and Aeneas

The Vache
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

Mozart's Requiem © Tony Lewis

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 (Tosca) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
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

Anna Leese (Governess) © Marty Melville
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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Goosebumps at Garsington: an outstanding, shadowy Turn of the Screw

Sophie Bevan (Governess), Leo Jemison (Miles) and Ed Lyon (Peter Quint) © Johan Persson
Director Louisa Muller overcomes the problems of opening a ghost story in natural daylight to deliver plenty of operatic chills. 
*****
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The coronation and tragedy of Boris revived at Covent Garden

Bryn Terfel (Boris) and Roger Honeywell (Shuisky) © ROH | Clive Barda
A title role performance full of depth from Terfel and a barnstorming comic interlude from Tomlinson provide some great moments, but much of this Boris fails to rise above the ordinary.
***11
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Alcina’s Hotel California at Salzburg's Whitsun festival

Cecilia Bartoli (Alcina) and Angelika Nieder (Old Alcina) © Salzburg Festival | Matthias Horn
Michieletto presents an engaging new production where magic and reality reflect each other through a mirror, and humans are exposed in all their vulnerability.
****1
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