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Instrument: Countertenor

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KarlsruheSemele

Handel: Semele
Christopher Moulds; Floris Visser; Gideon Davey; Anna Devin; Alexandra Kadurina; Yang Xu

ViennaAriodanteNew production

Handel: Ariodante
William Christie; Sir David McVicar; Vienna State Opera; Vicki Mortimer; Dame Sarah Connolly; Chen Reiss

KarlsruheAlcina

Handel: Alcina
Andreas Spering; James Darrah; Chrisi Karvonides; Layla Claire; Aleksandra Kubas-Kruk; Benedetta Mazzucato

KarlsruheMusic for Queens

Handel
Karlsruher Barockorchester; Margo Arsane; Cameron Shahbazi; Marcel Raschke; Christian-Markus Raiser

LondonGoldilocks and The Three Little Pigs (World Premiere)

© The Opera Story
Salorian: Goldilocks and The Three Little Pigs
Paul Wingfield; Pedro Ribeiro; The Opera Story; Alice Rose Privett; Carolyn Dobbin

LondonA Handel Celebration

Handel
Stephen Layton; Florilegium; Mary Bevan; Tim Mead

BerlinSerse (Xerxes)

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
Handel: Serse (Xerxes)
Konrad Junghänel; Stefan Herheim; Komische Oper Berlin; Heike Scheele; Gesine Völlm; Stephanie Houtzeel; Franziska Gottwald
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Baroque bawdiness at Komische Oper Berlin

Stephanie Houtzeel (Xerses), Nina Bernsteiner (Romila) and Nora Friedrichs (Atalanta) © Jaro Suffner
With many costume changes, notably into a Sun-King with very prominent phalic sunburst, Houtzeel held centre-stage in the title role.
****1
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Immortal thoughts: Mortal Voices

Tim Mead © Benjamin Ealovega
A mixed programme of Corelli, Handel and Pergolesi brings beauty and spiritual intensity, as well as some empowered erotic playfulness, to an evening with the Academy of Ancient Music. 
****1
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Sex, angels and cannibalism: Written on Skin

Anthony Roth Costanzo (The Boy) and Lauren Snouffer (Agnès) © Kelly & Massa for Opera Philadelphia
Written on Skin is a cold but effective opera full of musical and dramatic energy. Opera Philadelphia's new staging and talented young cast do it justice.
****1
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The Rake’s Progress in the here and now at Dutch National Opera

Andrew Watts (Baba the Turk) and Paul Appleby (Tom Rakewell) © Monika Rittershaus
Virtuoso modern stagecraft and a fine cast combine in a very enjoyable, present-day Rake’s Progress.
****1
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Finely cast Orlando from La Nuova Musica

Lawrence Zazzo © Justin Hyer
Handel’s opera Orlando is famous for the great mad scene at the end of Act 2. Specifically written for the celebrated castrato Senesino, it’s an emotionally powerful ten-minute monologue.
****1
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"It must be so": Handel's Jephtha

Ian Bostridge (Jephtha) and Katherine Watson (Iphis) © Monika Rittershaus | Opéra national de Paris
Claus Guth's production of Handel's last oratorio lands in Paris, where William Christie leads Les Arts Florissants and a stellar cast. 
****1
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Porpora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen

David DQ Lee (Mitridate) and Yasmin Özkan (Semandra) © Sebastian Bühler
Propora's Mitridate at Schloss Schwetzingen lacks dramatic sense (blame librettist Cibber and director Spirei). But exciting music strongly delivered makes a case for more Porpora in the repertoire.
***11
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