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EdinburghEugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Stuart Stratford; Oliver Mears; Scottish Opera; Annemarie Woods; Samuel Dale Johnson; Natalya Romaniw

ExeterThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

LeicesterThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

YorkThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

Stoke-on-TrentThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin

ParisPergolesi, Scarlatti

© Julien Mignot
Pergolesi, Scarlatti
Speranza Scappucci; Il Pomo d'Oro; Alex Penda; Sara Mingardo

UlverstonThe Marriage of FigaroNew Production

© Jane Hobson
Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro)
Christopher Stark; Blanche McIntyre; English Touring Opera; Neil Irish; Dawid Kimberg; Nadine Benjamin; Ross Ramgobin
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Cardillac at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Cardillac © Michele Borzoni | TerraProject/Contrasto
The in-house orchestra played out of its skin under Fabio Luisi.
****1
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A warm, but basic Figaro from ETO

Rachel Redmond (Susanna) and Nadine Benjamin (Countess) © Jane Hobson
ETO's production of Mozart's nuptial comedy, being performed in towns across the country, lacks depth but has some terrific singing with a particularly fine Susanna from Rachel Redmond.
***11
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Romaniw thrills in Scottish Opera’s epic Eugene Onegin

Natalya Romaniw (Tatyana) © James Glossop
Director Oliver Mears turns Scottish Opera’s Eugene Onegin into a memory play, with fine singing from a strong cast starring Natalya Romaniv as a thrilling Tatyana.  
****1
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Starry performance can’t lift Caldara’s Planets to the skies

Andrea Marcon © Marco Borggreve
Accomplished performances from the cast and La Cetra Baroque Orchestra can’t fully compensate the shortcomings of Caldara’s Harmony of the Planets.
***11
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Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
A brooding and melancholy presentation of Bach’s masterpiece from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore. 
*****
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Hot ice and strange snow

Joshua Bloom (Bottom) and Soraya Mafi (Tytania) © Robert Workman
In Siberian conditions more akin to The Winter's Tale, a revival of Robert Carsen's season setting of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream offered a warm glow at the Coliseum.
****1
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Götterdämmerung splutters to a tepid conclusion in Dresden

Andreas Schager (Siegfried) and Petra Lang (Brünnhilde) © Klaus Gigga
With a plethora of theatre seats, stools and benches it was as if Willy Decker and Wolfgang Gussman had been elected ‘Chair-men of the bored”.
***11
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