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Performer: Alun Rhys-Jenkins

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Flogging a dead horse: a new Salome at English National Opera

ENO's new production of Salome which opens the season features some commendable music-making, but is let down by a flawed concept and dull staging.
**111
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Seriously funny: Glyndebourne's Rosenkavalier

Strauss' mix of bedroom farce, comedy of manners and bittersweet musing about aging is acted and sung superbly in this revival of Richard Jones' production.
*****
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Wheel of Fortune: Preziosilla spins Pountney's Force of Destiny

When the entire plot is triggered by a freak accident, you can't blame director David Pountney for making Fate itself one of the key characters.  
****1
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Le nozze di Figaro at Garsington

A slick production from the Garsington Opera Company, who use the location of the Wormley Estate to their full advantage. 
****1
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Downtown Nagasaki comes to Glyndebourne

How picturesque do you like your Puccini? Do you take your Turandot sweet or sour? How much lacquer is layered over your ideal Madama Butterfly?
***11
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Flawed casting in Minghella's widescreen Butterfly

The sheer opulence of Minghella's staging often overwhelms, drenched in colour. Is that enough to really get to the core of the drama though, or is it all surface gloss?
***11
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