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Performer: Antony McDonald

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San FranciscoHänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel
Christopher Franklin; Antony McDonald; San Francisco Opera; Sasha Cooke; Heidi Stober

ParisL'Après-midi d'un faune / L'Enfant et les sortilèges

Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortilèges
Vello Pähn; Richard Jones; Académie de l'Opéra National de Paris; Antony McDonald; Amir Hosseinpour; Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker; Rosas
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Two great debuts, not enough drama: Katya Kabanova at ROH

Amanda Majeski (Katya) © ROH | Clive Barda
Amanda Majeski is magnificent in the title role; Ed Gardner shows total master of Janáček's music. But that's not enough to rescue a poorly thought out Richard Jones production.
***11
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A classic executed with style: Hänsel und Gretel

Hanna Hipp (Hänsel), Jennifer Davis (Gretel) © ROH | Clive Barda
Designer/director Antony McDonald treads a perfectly weighted path between light and dark of the fairytale; conductor Sebastian Weigle cooks up a Wagnerian storm; Michaela Schuster steals the show. A treat.
****1
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Mozart’s early masterpiece charms at La Scala

Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Sandrina) © Marco Brescia & Rudy Amisano | Teatro alla Scala
Diego Fasolis leads a period performance of Mozart’s early masterpiece with a strong cast and a clever production.
****1
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Ariadne aus Glasgow: a few twists at Opera Holland Park

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
A spirited and seamless production of Strauss’s Ariadne is aided by some excellent singing and playing at London’s premier summer opera festival.
****1
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Indomitable: Billy Budd in Frankfurt

Björn Bürger (Billy Budd) © Barbara Aumüller
Oper Frankfurt's revival of Richard Jones's production of Billy Budd with a homegrown cast is a devastating combination of powerful music and searing drama.
*****
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