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EdinburghThe Soldier's Tale

Stravinsky: L'Histoire du soldat
Nicola Benedetti; Nicholas Bayley; Maximiliano Martín; Ursula Leveaux
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Devilish downpour cannot dampen The Soldier's Tale at the EIF

Rarely has so distinguished a group been assembled to give this work live; it would have shone as a highlight even in a normal year of visiting foreign ensembles and performers.
*****
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Romantic love blooms in the lost garden of West Horsley

Olena Tokar's assured coloratura made an immediate success of the waltz with her convincingly adolescent appearance, rhythmic verve and stylish phrasing.
***11
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Miller's Rigoletto makes a flawed return to ENO

Jonathan Miller's production remains a work of brilliance, but poor conducting amongst other things keeps this revival from getting off the ground.
***11
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A charismatic Fiddler on the Roof

Dancing, jokes, a pogrom and Bryn Terfel balancing on milk vats. It could only be Fiddler on the Roof. Grange Park Opera took an eclectic combination and planted if successfully on the Proms stage.
****1
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A Fine Pocket-Sized Macbeth from Scottish Opera

The most Scottish of operas, Verdi's Macbeth, makes big demands on its soloists and is packed with choruses, so it was interesting to see how Scottish Opera's production managed with only seven singers and a chamber orchestra.
****1
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A decadent night at the Russian opera: Grange Park Opera Rising Stars in Eugene Onegin

Eugene Onegin, a lyric opera by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is based on Pushkin’s novel of the same name, converted into an operatic libretto by Konstantin Shilovsky. It tells the tale of a selfish hero, Onegin, who rejects the outburst of love from the young Tatyana and instead flirts with her older sister, Olga, who is engaged to his best friend, Lensky. This leads to a duel, in which Lensky is killed.
***11
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