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HalleTimur und Bayezid

Mehmet Yeşilçay; Pera Istanbul Ensemble; Filippo Mineccia; Meret Süngü; Laila Salome Fischer

Bad LauchstädtAlessandro Severo

Handel: Alessandro Severo, HWV A13
Jana Semerádová; Deda Cristina Colonna; Domenico Franchi; Collegium Marianum; Raffaele Pe; Hana Blažíková

HalleMessiah

Handel: Messiah
Clemens Flämig; Batzdorfer Hofkapelle; Stadtsingechor zu Halle; Feuersinger Miriam; Alex Potter

HalleGala concert with Iestyn Davies

David Bates; La Nuova Musica; Iestyn Davies

HalleTeseo

Handel: Teseo
Attilio Cremonesi; Martin G. Berger; Oper Halle; Sarah-Katherina Karl; Esther Bialas; Liudmila Lokaichuk; Vanessa Waldhart

BirminghamHandel's Messiah

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Handel: Messiah
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra; Richard Egarr; Mary Bevan; Reginald Mobley; James Gilchrist; Christopher Purves

HalleFernando, Re di Castiglia

Handel: Fernando, Re di Castiglia
Leo Duarte; Opera Settecento; Owen Willetts; Susanna Fairbairn; Jorge Navarro-Colorado; Helen Charlston
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Spiritually uplifting Bach from the Bach Collegium Japan

Masaaki Suzuki © Marco Borggreve
Three beautiful cantatas from Bach and his Mass in F major made for a rewarding concert with the Bach Collegium Japan. Suzuki directs a thoughtful and heartfelt rendition and is joined by a quartet of excellent soloists. 
****1
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Hurrell's Cleopatra reigns in English Touring Opera's Giulio Cesare

Susanna Hurrell (Cleopatra) © Jane Hobson
James Conway's production for English Touring Opera returns in a trimmed-down, single-evening guise. 
***11
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JPYA make a decent fist of Handel's Susanna in the Linbury Theatre

Patrick Terry (Joacim) and Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha (Susanna) © ROH | Stephen Cummiskey
The evening’s most unbuttoned applause was reserved for two native anglophone artists, countertenor Patrick Terry and bass-baritone Michael Mofidian.
***11
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Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice: a new take on an heroic journey

Rod Gilfry (Eurydice's father) and Danielle de Niese (Eurydice) © Cory Weaver
Matthew Aucoin’s Eurydice enjoys its world premiere at LA Opera. 
****1
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An enchanting new Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Jeanine De Bique (Helena), Karis Tucker (Hermia) and Jami Reid-Quarrell (Puck) © Bettina Stöß
Deutsche Oper Berlin’s new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a delightful and whimsical homage to Britten’s masterpiece. The orchestra, soloists and children’s chorus performed with energy and charm under the baton of Donald Runnicles.
***11
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Rodelinda hits all the marks at Dutch National Opera

Katarina Bradić (Eduige) and Lucy Crowe (Rodelinda) © Monika Rittershaus | DNO 2020
A veritable Baroque bonanza featuring a top-tier cast and orchestra in an emotionally incisive and handsomely crafted production.
*****
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Seductive lyricism from Jakub Józef Orliński at Wigmore Hall

Jakub Józef Orliński © Jiyang Chen

Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński makes a big impression at Wigmore Hall with Il pomo d’oro. 

*****
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