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GlyndebourneSaul

Saul
Handel: Saul
Laurence Cummings; Barrie Kosky; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Katrin Lea Tag; Markus Brück; Iestyn Davies

GlyndebourneGiulio Cesare

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto, (Julius Caesar in Egypt) HWV 17
William Christie; Sir David McVicar; Glyndebourne Festival Opera; Jonathan Cohen; Robert Jones; Brigitte Reiffenstuel; Dame Sarah Connolly

LondonRoyal Choral Society: Handel – Israel in Egypt

Handel: Israel in Egypt
London Handel Orchestra; Richard Cooke; Royal Choral Society; Zoe Brookshaw; Camilla Harris; David Allsopp

SalzburgMass in B minor – Collegium Vocale Gent · HerrewegheOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Orchestra of Collegium Vocale Gent; Philippe Herreweghe; Dorothée Mields; Margot Oitzinger; Alex Potter; Thomas Hobbs

SalzburgSan Giovanni Battista – Collegium 1704 · LuksOuverture spirituelle · Passion

Stradella: San Giovanni Battista
Václav Luks; Christophe Dumaux; Giulia Semenzato; Krešimir Stražanac; Krystian Adam

Moreton-in-MarshL'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera

L'incoronazione di Poppea | Longborough Festival Opera
Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Jeremy Silver; Jenny Miller; Longborough Festival Opera; Chiara Vinci; Lucilla Graham; Isabella Cheevers; Sofia Troncoso

SalzburgLied Recital Jaroussky · Baráth · Ensemble ArtaserseLied Recitals

Handel
Philippe Jaroussky; Emőke Baráth; Ensemble Artaserse
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Jürgen Flimm's farewell to the Staatsoper Berlin

Laura Aikin (Singer) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Jürgen Flimm bowed out of his role as Intendant of the Berlin State Opera with the German premiere of Salvatore Sciarrino's Ti vedo, ti sento, mi perdo.
***11
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Queen's dating dilemma: Handel's Partenope at Iford

Galina Averina (Partenope) © Mitzi de Margary Photography
Another masterful, sprightly and unstuffily fun production of Handel at Iford: Christopher Cowell's Partenope is erotically charged, well cast and comically compelling. 
****1
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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Fabulous musical performance of Athalia in Sydney

Emma Pearson (Athalia) and Freddie Shaw (Joas) © Robert Catto
Handel's Athalia is a wonderful English oratorio but this production, while musically wonderful, was marred by a problematic staging with infuriating surtitles.
***11
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Carry on Cleo: Joélle Harvey triumphs at Glyndebourne

Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare) and Joélle Harvey (Cleopatra) © Bill Cooper
Interviewed at the time of this production's first outing, McVicar declared that “Entertainment is not a dirty word”. His Giulio Cesare remains a hugely entertaining opera production.
****1
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Gardiner steps into his Ring of Cantatas in Leipzig

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting in the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
A taste of the opening weekend in Leipzig’s marathon Bach Festival. 
****1
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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