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Met’s family-friendly Magic Flute vanquishes the forces of darkness

David Portillo (Tamino) © Karen Almond | Met Opera
New York City's Metropolitan Opera restages its shorter, family-friendly version of Mozart's The Magic Flute with great music and delightful visuals.
*****
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An uneven Turn of the Screw on a 19th-century Bronx estate

Ashley Emerson (Flora) and Jordan Rutter (Miles) © Pavel Antonov
A disappointing decision to downplay the ghosts and uneven performances made for a difficult and distracting in situ staging of Britten's adaptation of the classic Henry James thriller. 

***11
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Flute still mesmerizing at The Met

Markus Werba (Papageno) © Richard Termine | Metropolitan Opera
The musical experience was dominated by the imagery making spectators feel, at least at times, overwhelmed.
****1
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Laurent Pelly's cautionary fairy-tale

After an absence of nearly a quarter-century, Humperdinck's evergreen returns to Seattle Opera in a winningly staged, musically sensitive production that looks beneath the fairy-tale surface.
****1
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It’s in the wind: Eyre's Figaro returns to The Met

Mozart’s beauty asserted but never implied, Sir Richard Eyre’s Le nozze di Figaro brings grand complications in bright turns and quick wit.
***11
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An air of decay: Don Carlo at Opera Philadelphia

Some very fine singing and beautiful, if sometimes confusing, visual effects in Opera Philadelphia's Don Carlo.  
****1
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