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ParisIl primo omicidioNew production

Scarlatti: Caino, overo il primo omicidio
René Jacobs; Romeo Castellucci; Opéra de Paris; Kristina Hammarström; Olivia Vermeulen

LondonDouce Douleur: Love songs from the Courts of France & Flanders

© C Annika Derksen
Verdelot, Gombert, Dufay, Rore, Agricola, Binchois, des Prez, Janequin
Jessica Eucker; Charlotte Osborn; Tristram Cooke; Matthew O'Keeffe

ZürichLe Grand MacabreNew production

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre
Tito Ceccherini; Tatjana Gürbaca; Zurich Opera; Henrik Ahr; Barbara Drosihn; Alina Adamski; Sinead O'Kelly

Bern5. Kammermusik: Kai Wessel

Kai Wessel; Kemal Dinç; Ulrich Wedemeier; Markus Märkl

MulhouseLa divisione del mondo

La divisione del mondo
Legrenzi: La divisione del mondo
Christophe Rousset; Jetske Mijnssen; Opéra National du Rhin; Herbert Murauer; Julia Katharina Berndt; Soraya Mafi; Ada Elodie Tuca

AmsterdamCain overo Il primo omicidio

© Model Day Studio
Scarlatti: Caino, overo il primo omicidio
René Jacobs; Thomas Walker; Birgitte Christensen; Kristina Hammarström; Olivia Vermeulen

BarcelonaRodelinda, regina de' Langobardi

Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi
Handel: Rodelinda, regina de' Langobardi
Josep Pons; Claus Guth; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Christian Schmidt; Lisette Oropesa; Bejun Mehta
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Clunky lyrics hamper Noah Mosley's Aurora at Bury Court Opera

Katherine Aitken (Wild Woman) and Isolde Roxby (Aurora) © Robert Workman
There are brilliant visual touches in Aylin Bozok’s stylish concept for Bury Court Opera and the monochrome aesthetic is clearly realised.
**111
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Handel's Serse – the Vegas version – in Karlsruhe

Yang Xu (Elviro), Max Emanuel Cencic (Arsamene) and Franco Fagioli (Serse) © Falk von Traubenberg
The problem with on-stage vulgarity is that, while it might be sophisticated and knowing satire, it ends by being what it is parodying.
***11
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Mesmerising Akhnaten returns to ENO

Anthony Roth Costanzo (Akhnaten) © Jane Hobson
Philip Glass' hypnotic opera returns in Phelim McDermott's outstanding production that respects the solemn, statuesque grandeur and epic ritual of the score. 
*****
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Carsen's Dream conquers a new fan base in Philadelphia

Tim Mead (Oberon) and Miltos Yerolemou (Puck) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
The director's world-renowned 1991 conception of Benjamin Britten's 1960 operaA Midsummer Night's Dream finally makes it to America. 
*****
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Saul in Prague: Better heard than seen

Roman Válek © Petr Dyrc
A glorious performance of Handel's Biblical oratorio is marred by poor staging.
***11
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Quirky staging, superb singing: Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre in Zurich

Jens Larsen (Astradamors) and Leigh Melrose (Nekrotzar) © Herwig Prammer
Ligeti's “anti-anti opera” opens in Zurich in a new production by Tatjana Gürbaca. 
****1
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A disappointing Mass in B minor from the BBCSO

Mary Bevan © BBC | Mark Allan
Even Baroque specialist John Butt could not persuade the BBC Symphony Chorus to sing in tune
***11
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