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Mostly Mozart concludes with a deeply-felt Requiem

Louis Langrée © Mostly Mozart | Jennifer Taylor
The Mostly Mozart Festival ended its season with an all-Mozart program centered on the Requiem. Paired with that was a piano concerto with Stephen Hough and the rarely-heard Meistermusik.
****1
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Questions unanswered in a Così fan tutte revival in Chicago

Marianne Crebassa (Dorabella) © Cory Weaver
Synergies between singers compensated for accurate but unexciting orchestral playing.
***11
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Utterly unmissable Margherita at Wexford

Alessandra Volpe (Margherita) © Clive Barda
Foroni's forgotten gem, Margherita makes a welcome return at Wexford Festival Opera. A superlative cast, a charming production and glorious music make this a must-see event in this year's festival.
*****
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Buffa as blood sport: Glyndebourne's Don Pasquale

Renato Girolami (Don Pasquale) and Chorus © Bill Cooper | Glyndebourne Opera
Lisette Oropesa gives a coloratura star turn; Renato Girolami and Andrey Zhilikhovsky give the buffo patter; Mariame Clément's staging focuses on the work’s dark side.
***11
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Seattle Opera's Magic Flute as enchanting as ever

Christina Poulitsi (Queen of the Night) © Philip Newton
“Love, love, love… that is the soul of genius,” said Mozart. In no other work does he demonstrate this affirmation more compellingly than in his forever-beloved opera, Die Zauberflöte
***11
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Bel Canto at Lyric Opera Chicago

It is the fusion of textures and styles coming from the pit that gives Bel Canto a memorable musical profile.
***11
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