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Performer: Andrew Foster-Williams

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ZürichLes Contes d'HoffmannNew production

Les Contes d'Hoffmann
Offenbach: Les Contes d'Hoffmann (The Tales of Hoffmann)
Antonino Fogliani; Andreas Homoki; Zurich Opera; Wolfgang Gussmann; Saimir Pirgu; Katrina Galka
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Fidelio rescues Garsington Opera's 2020 festival

Toby Spence (Florestan) © Johan Persson
Peter Mumford's intelligent staging concept and a knockout performance by a reduced Philharmonia Orchestra made this a night to remember.
*****
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First premiere of NY Phil’s Women’s commissioning Project 19

Jaap van Zweden conducts Tread Softly © Steven Pisano for Bachtrack

The satisfying kick-off to the New York Philharmonic’s Project 19 women’s commissioning project shared a bill with a disappointing Haydn cello concerto and a rewarding Mozart Mass.

***11
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Pleasing rendition of Great Opera Choruses by RTE Philharmonic Choir

RTÉ Philharmonic Choir © RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra
Some rousing singing from the RTÉ Philharmonic Choir of the famous choruses from the great operas. 
**111
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A psychological drama: Weber's Euryanthe in Vienna

Jacquelyn Wagner (Euryanthe) and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir © Monika Rittershaus
Vienna's Theater an der Wien stage a seldom performed opera by Carl Maria von Weber with an excellent cast, orchestra, and chorus.  
****1
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Hailing from No-man’s land: Pelléas et Mélisande in Basel

Andrew Foster-Williams (Golaud), Elsa Benoit (Mélisande) and Rolf Romei (Pelléas) © Priska Ketterer
Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande emerges from an almost transcendent realm and creates a languorous atmosphere, even if it leaves some questions unanswered and realities unexplored
****1
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