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Performer: Ashley Riches

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LondonHandel: Tamerlano

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Handel: Tamerlano
Harry Bicket; Bejun Mehta; Michael Spyres; Avery Amereau; Jakub Józef Orliński

ParisSalieri: ArmidaConcert performance

Salieri: Armida
Christophe Rousset; Lenneke Ruiten; Teresa Iervolino; Vannina Santoni; Ashley Riches
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AlresfordAgrippina

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
Handel: Agrippina
Robert Howarth; Walter Sutcliffe; The Grange Festival; Jon Bausor; Anna Bonitatibus; Raffaele Pe; Stefanie True
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Esa-Pekka rehearses 1808 Reconstructed with the Philharmonia © Camilla Greenwell
Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
*****
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Empty hunger: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO

Sean Panikkar (Don José) and Justina Gringytė (Carmen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bieito’s Carmen is now a mainstay of ENO's repertoire, but with an excellent central cast led by Sean Panikkar and Justina Gringytė, the production feels entirely fresh. 
****1
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The Gabrielis shine in Purcell's confusing King Arthur

Paul McCreesh © Ben Wright

King Arthur is an opera without a plot and, in musical terms at least, Arthur without the King.

*****
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Prom 59: Berlioz with a bronze glow

Duncan Meadows as the statue of Perseus © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
To mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's death, Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts the opera charting the escapades of the Italian goldsmith and sculptor. 
****1
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Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Holland Park

John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna provides an airy bon-bouche to Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, brilliantly sung by Natalya Romaniw and David Butt Philip and conducted to fairy-tale perfection by Sian Edwards
***11
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Purves' Mephisto dominates La Damnation de Faust at Glyndebourne

Julie Boulliane (Marguerite), Allan Clayton (Faust) and actors © Richard Hubert Smith
Christopher Purves bosses the show as Méphistophélès; Richard Jones' production is intelligent and carefully thought through but ultimately unconvincing.
***11
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