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Performer: Angela Brower

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VersaillesDon Giovanni

Mozart: Don Giovanni
Marc Minkowski; Ivan Alexandre; Opéra royal de Versailles; Antoine Fontaine; Tobias Hagström Ståhl; Alexandre Duhamel

VersaillesCosì fan tutte

Mozart: Così fan tutte
Marc Minkowski; Ivan Alexandre; Opéra royal de Versailles; Antoine Fontaine; Tobias Hagström Ståhl; Ana Maria Labin

ViennaAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Bertrand de Billy; Sven-Eric Bechtolf; Vienna State Opera; Rolf Glittenberg; Marianne Glittenberg; Lise Davidsen; Erin Morley
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OsloIl barbiere di Siviglia

© Erik Berg
Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
Tobias Ringborg; Jetske Mijnssen; Norwegian National Opera; Herbert Murauer; Julia Katharina Berndt; Mark Vandenesse; Angela Brower

Aix-en-ProvenceAriadne auf Naxos

Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Marc Albrecht; Katie Mitchell; Festival d'Aix-en-Provence; Chloe Lamford; Sarah Blenkinsop; Lise Davidsen; Sabine Devieilhe
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Teenage summer crush in Dutch National Opera's Così fan tutte

Angela Brower (Dorabella) and Anett Fritsch (Fiordiligi) © Hans van den Bogaard
Dutch National Opera's superbly sang Così fan tutte is transposed into a teenager summer crush story.
****1
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Clash of religions, ardent spirits: Bellini’s Norma in Munich

Carmen Giannattasio (Norma) © Wilfried Hösl
While Bellini’s two-act opera Norma underscores the religious wars between the ancient Druids and Romans, it also highlights an emotive personal conflict that is veiled in deceit and cultural discrepancy.
****1
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Blissful soprano singing: Ariadne in Aix

Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Lise Davidsen and Sabine Devieilhe produce soprano heaven in their contrasting vocal styles. Katie Mitchell’s staging feels disappointingly familiar.
***11
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A Rosenkavalier of masterly élan

Peter Rose and Adrienne Pieczonka © Stefan Cohen
Kirill Petrenko’s second night at Carnegie Hall packed a punch as the orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper delved deep into Strauss’ score, supporting an impressive cast of singers.
****1
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Testé, Spyres and Pudova stand out in Hoffmann

Olga Pudova (Olympia) © Wilfried Hösl
Offenbach's vivid setting of E.T.A. Hoffmann's fantastic tales gets an enjoyable outing, with Spyres, Testé and Pudova the undoubted stars of the show.
***11
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Keep calm and carry on singing

AJ Glueckert (Bacchus) © Robert Workman
A superlative cast and perceptive staging make for a gripping revival of Strauss’s Ariadne auf Naxos at the Glyndebourne Festival.
****1
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