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Performer: Agnes Zwierko

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BerlinCendrillon

Komische Oper Berlin
Massenet: Cendrillon
Henrik Nánási; Damiano Michieletto; Komische Oper Berlin; Paolo Fantin; Klaus Bruns; Diego Leetz; Nadja Mchantaf
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Cinders on the couch: Freudian Cendrillon at Glyndebourne

Danielle de Niese (Cendrillon) and Kate Lindsey (Prince Charming) © Richard Hubert Smith
Cinderella undergoes psychoanalysis on the Sussex Downs as Fiona Shaw's production is revived for the Glyndebourne Festival. 
****1
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Overwrought and over-thought: Cendrillon

Alix Le Saux (Cendrillon) © Richard Hubert Smith
In her anxiety to be ‘new’, Shaw slaps a sackload of semi-comprehensible ideas onto a sort-of present day update.
***11
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The devil made me do it

Sorochyntsy Fair ensemble © Monika Rittershaus
Sorochyntsi Fair was last performed at Berlin's Komische Oper in 1948 by the legendary stage director Walter Felsenstein. Now Barrie Kosky, stage director and intendant, has tried his hand.
****1
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Black gold: Rimsky-Korsakov in Brussels

Pavlo Hunka (Tsar Dodon) and Sarah Demarthe (Cockerel) © Matthias Baus | La Monnaie
Laurent Pelly exploits the satirical side of Rimsky-Korsakov's The Golden Cockerel at La Monnaie in a darkly humorous but colourfully performed production.
****1
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An electric Elektra in Montreal

Opéra de Montréal's belated première of Strauss' take on the Greek tragedy is worth the wait, as soprano Lise Lindstrom and wunderkind conductor Yannick Nézét-Séguin lead an exciting, music-driven production.
****1
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A second helping for Carsen’s delicious Falstaff

If “all the world’s a jest”, as Sir John Falstaff claims at the end of Verdi’s final operatic masterpiece, then we need players – and directors – with a sense of frivolity. Robert Carsen truly delivers. 
*****
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