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Gunar Letzbor; Alois Mühlbacher; Markus Forster; Markus Miesenberger; Gerd Kenda
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Wotan and his women: Die Walküre in Frankfurt

James Rutherford (Wotan) and Rebecca Teem (Brünnhilde) © Barbara Aumüller
Day two of Frankfurt Ring featured impressive stage work and some superior musical performances, but it was not enough to create a perfect evening of opera.
***11
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Odyssey Opera's Lucio Silla

Yeghishe Manucharyan (Lucio Silla) © Kathy Wittman
Once upon a time an intrepid youth showing off his precocious skills as a cyclist boasted, “Look, Ma, no hands!” The 16 year-old Mozart could well have been exclaiming the same as he composed Lucio Silla in 1772.
***11
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Mattila delivers powerful Kostelnička in Jenůfa

Karita Mattila (Kostelnička) © Petr Kadlec
It's not for nothing that Janáček's opera is properly titled Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter). Karita Mattila's Kostelnička was at the centre of a powerful concert performance of Jenůfa.
****1
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A gut-wrenching and breathtaking Orphée et Eurydice

Samuel Boden (Orphée) and Kristina Bitenc (Eurydice) © Marco Borggreve | Nederlandse Reisopera
In a ravishing and affectingly sung production, Floris Visser re-imagines the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice as the efforts of a grieving psyche trying to heal its devastating wounds.
****1
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Fiddling while Carthage burns: Jommelli's La Didone from Ensemble Serse

Five hours with five counter tenors: a virtuoso stand-off which impresses, even astounds, but ultimately exhausts even the most dedicated audience by its refusal to cut a single note of what becomes a very long, florid opera by Jommelli. 
****1
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Martinu's dazzling, overlooked Mirandolina in Prague

Michal Křístek, Martin Gurbaľ, Kateřina Kněžíková, Josef Moravec © Martin Popelář
This gem from Martinů received a bright, spirited performance at the Estates Theatre in Prague – putting an early gleam on what should be an interesting year celebrating Czech music.
****1
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Hasse's Lucio Papirio Dittatore revived at London Handel Festival

Ensemble Serse  ©  Christopher Silvester
Had you been travelling, in the mid 18th century, around the crowned courts of middle Europe, there would have been little debate as to who was the most celebrated opera composer and ensemble: Johann Adolph Hasse and his company at the Saxon court of Dresden.
***11
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