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BerlinThe Turn of the Screw

Britten: The Turn of the Screw
Daniel Cohen; Claus Guth; Staatsoper Berlin; Christian Schmidt; Sónia Grané; Maria Bengtsson

BirminghamPelléas et Mélisande: Opera in Concert

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla; Jacques Imbrailo; Katja Stuber; Laurent Naouri; Matthew Best
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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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Ugly and brilliant: Wozzeck at Dutch National Opera

Christopher Maltman (Wozzeck) and Sir Willard White (The Doctor) © Ruth Walz
Clarity and mounting horror in the orchestra pit, the full truth and ugliness of the human condition onstage. Dutch National Opera’s new production of Wozzeck is stomach-churning for all the right reasons.
*****
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A brooding Turn of the Screw at La Scala

Ian Bostridge (Peter Quint) and Miah Persson (Governess) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Britten's The Turn of the Screw finally makes its debut at La Scala in Kasper Holten's eerie staging. 
****1
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Savage and noble: Wozzeck at the Concertgebouw

Florian Boesch © Lukas Beck
A mesmerising Wozzeck, thanks to the trampled dignity of Florian Boesch’s antihero, Asmik Grigorian’s gloriously sung Marie, and a thrillingly savage Netherlands Radio Philharmonic.
****1
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