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Performer: Alek Shrader

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Verdi: La traviata
Corrado Rovaris; Paul Curran; Opera Philadelphia; Gary McCann; Paul Hackenmueller; Lisette Oropesa
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A #metoo Don Giovanni at Washington National Opera

Ryan McKinny (Don Giovanni) © Scott Suchman
Lots of people talk about keeping opera relevant. WNO shows why this opera always has been.
****1
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Forsythe a truly overwhelming Semele at Festival O

Amanda Forsythe (Semele) and Alek Shrader (Jupiter) © Steven Pisano
James Darrah stages Handel's sensual oratorio for Festival O, a feast of wonderful singing. 
****1
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Candide channels Ferris Bueller’s Day Off in Philadelphia

Erin Morley, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Amanda Lynn Bottoms © The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Kevin Newbury see Candide as a coming-of-age story, placing it in their own high-school years, specifically 1992, making Westphalia a USA knockoff.
****1
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Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered

Elsa van den Heever (Alcina) © Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2017
David Alden's staging of Alcina mines the rich theatricality of one of Handel's best-loved operas with enchanting but also perplexing results. 
****1
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Alek Shrader - a mysterious Wigmore debut

Alek Shrader's Wigmore Hall debut was thrilling, touching, charming and mysterious.
***11
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A rewarding operatic marathon in San Francisco

This performance marked Sir Mark Elder’s debut with the company and, beginning with the overture, he offered his individual interpretation of the score. He had an enormous range of dynamics and his tempi varied widely with the emotional values of each scene.
*****
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