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Performer: Aleš Briscein

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GenevaThe Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)

Grand Théâtre Genève
Janáček: The Makropulos Case (Věc Makropulos)
Tomáš Netopil; Kornél Mundruczó; Grand Théâtre de Genève; Monika Pormale; Rachel Harnisch; Aleš Briscein
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Czech lyricism and fervour from the LSO and Kazushi Ono

Kazushi Ono conducts the LSO © Mark Allan | Barbican

Kazushi Ono and LSO forces go with the flow in Janáček’s Glagolitic Mass after a relatively uninspiring first half.

***11
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Lolita in Prague: a bold foray into forbidden love

Pelageya Kurennaya (Lolita) © Patrik Borecký
The National Theater opens the season with Rodion Shchedrin's searing version of Lolita, with spectacularly disturbing results.
****1
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Korngold's Dead City is not so dead in Berlin

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) and Aleš Briscein (Paul) © Iko Freese | drama.berlin.de
In Robert Carsen's staging, the “dead city” is absent: the scenery showing a bourgeois room that one imagines overlooking a bright avenue in Vienna or Berlin rather than a dark alley in Bruges.
***11
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Supernatural high jinks in Prague: The Love for Three Oranges

Marie Fajtová (Ninette) © Dasa Wharton
A colorful, light-hearted approach captures the spirit of Prokofiev's LʼAmour des trois oranges.
****1
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Fleeting happiness: Robert Carsen's Tote Stadt at the Komische Oper

Sara Jakubiak (Marietta) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Komische Oper's new staging of Korngold's opera doesn't quite offer the necessary scale or atmosphere. 
***11
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