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Performer: Andrei Popov

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Aix-en-ProvenceLe Coq d'or

Rimsky-Korsakov: Le coq d'or (The Golden Cockerel)
Aziz Shokhakimov; Barrie Kosky; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Rufus Didwiszus; Victoria Behr; Anna Denisova; Sabine Devieilhe
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A long road to nowhere for Igor at the Bastille

Ildar Abdrazakov (Igor) © Agathe Poupeney | Opéra de Paris
Barrie Kosky's makes a limited impact in his debut at Opéra de Paris, apart from an hallucinogenic Polovtsian Dances.
***11
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Occult, mystical, extreme: Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel in Aix

Aušrinė Stundytė (Renata) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
With a stunningly inventive and modern-sounding score, strong acting performances and a staging full of theatrical illusion and coherent in spite of general weirdness, Aix's Fiery Angel impresses.
****1
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The epitome of Russianness: Boris Godunov at the Mariinsky

Edem Umerov (Boris) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
In Tarkovsky's venerable production, the Mariinsky orchestra and chorus are brilliant – but too brilliant for their soloists, including two replacement Borises for an indisposed Mikhail Petrenko.
***11
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Intoxicating, mystic, sacred, profane

Sergei Aleksashkin (Ivan) © Natasha Razina | State Academic Mariinsky Theatre
Rodion Shchedrin's opera mixes singing, choreography and storytelling to lend a potent sacred and mystic overlay to Nikolai Leskov's folk tale.
*****
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Finding release among the poppy fields

Ildar Abdrazakov (Prince Igor) © BAUS
Tcherniakov's moving production delves into the psychological rather than revelling in the spectacular. 
****1
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