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ZürichMendelssohn's Elijah

Mendelssohn: Elijah
Tonhalle Orchester Zürich; Thomas Hengelbrock; Katharina Konradi; Marie-Sophie Pollak; Agnes Kovacs; Wiebke Lehmkuhl
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Knocking it out the (Regent's) Park

Daniel Alexander Sidhom (Miles) © Johan Persson
It's hard to find anything not to admire in a thrillingly strong production of Britten's haunting chamber opera. 
*****
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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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Truth and Wisdom: a searching Zauberflöte at Garsington

Louise Alder (Pamina) with Lucas Rebato, Frederick Jemison, Dionysios Sevastakis (Three Boys) © Johan Persson
A twist on the usual Enlightenment path, this is an admirable production, excellently executed.
****1
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A peach of an Albert Herring at Grange Festival

Adrian Thompson (Mr Upfold), Clarissa Meek (Florence Pike) and Orla Boylan (Lady Billows) © Robert Workman
With a combined age of 161 years, John Copley and Steuart Bedford certainly bring ample experience to Grange Festival's new production of Britten's Albert Herring
****1
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A silvery Dream lost among the shadows

A silhouetted fairy © Hugo Glendinning
Netia Jones' new production taps into Britten's silvery underworld in a staging dominated by video wizardry which is hypnotically beautiful, but comes at a price.
****1
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An impressive Babylon at the Holland Festival

Babylon © Hans van der Woerd
The loud cheers for the performers were richly deserved, although Jörg Widmann’s imposing but sprawling Babylon was not well-served by the concert format.
***11
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Oper Halle's Jephtha lacks coherency

Robert Sellier (Jephtha) and Chorus © Tobias Kruse
Jephtha at the Halle Handel Festival subverts the text, and provides little in the way of dramatic or musical compensation.
**111
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